Shafer

Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Petite Sirah

9.3856 ratings
9.3106 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Syrah, Petite Sirah
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Potato, White Rice, Pungent Cheese, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Pork, Venison
Top Notes For
Jonathan Wall

Massive but balanced. Awesome nose that goes on forever. Big fruit initially, turning smokey, and ended the 3rd night with lavender and tea. I need more.

Massive but balanced. Awesome nose that goes on forever. Big fruit initially, turning smokey, and ended the 3rd night with lavender and tea. I need more.

Jul 18th, 2018
Al Shikoh

Inky purple black. Blueberry, roasted coffee, black pepper, and hints of smoke all evident on the nose. Not as fleshy as a typical bottling of “Relentless”, this challenging vintage has produced a surprisingly well balanced wine despite the 15.8% alcohol. The well integrated tannins give a slight bite to the long finish. Made from a blend of 91% Syrah and 8% Petite Sirah aged 30 months in 100% new French oak, it paired nicely with a Lamb Sirloin with harissa, kohlrabi, and a spiced labneh.

Inky purple black. Blueberry, roasted coffee, black pepper, and hints of smoke all evident on the nose. Not as fleshy as a typical bottling of “Relentless”, this challenging vintage has produced a surprisingly well balanced wine despite the 15.8% alcohol. The well integrated tannins give a slight bite to the long finish. Made from a blend of 91% Syrah and 8% Petite Sirah aged 30 months in 100% new French oak, it paired nicely with a Lamb Sirloin with harissa, kohlrabi, and a spiced labneh.

May 22nd, 2018
Jay Kline

Powerful notes of bloody meat, dark fruit, flowers, vanilla and baking spices. Black and blue fruits with baking spice on the palate. Big wine. The nearly 16% alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Drink now.

Powerful notes of bloody meat, dark fruit, flowers, vanilla and baking spices. Black and blue fruits with baking spice on the palate. Big wine. The nearly 16% alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Drink now.

Apr 19th, 2018
Lee Pitofsky

Smokey and a touch spicy with notes of black raspberry, blackberry, violets and black pepper....needs about an hour to show up

Smokey and a touch spicy with notes of black raspberry, blackberry, violets and black pepper....needs about an hour to show up

Feb 20th, 2018
gino CapitalG

Round Pond Wine & Olive oil educator/sales

9.9

It’s so rich and layered it’s like a dessert you never want to end. It’s got some dark fruit you and could probably age 100 yrs and still be layered and rich. The color was like a dark purple and bright around the edges like St Macairre. Really one of the best wines. Thanks Elise and David for making this happen.

It’s so rich and layered it’s like a dessert you never want to end. It’s got some dark fruit you and could probably age 100 yrs and still be layered and rich. The color was like a dark purple and bright around the edges like St Macairre. Really one of the best wines. Thanks Elise and David for making this happen.

Jan 2nd, 2018
Mike R
9.4

2 hour decant and bam - butt kicking good and smiling

2 hour decant and bam - butt kicking good and smiling

Aug 2nd, 2017
Corey Zamora, CSW

Incredible depth and richness.

Incredible depth and richness.

5 people found it helpfulAug 23rd, 2014
Ron R
9.5

Visually, this is as dark as the night is black. The perfume is equally intense with mulberries, brambles, blackberries and kirsch.
The palette is perfectly delineated with black cherries, black olives, a hint of cloves and anise. Absent is the peppery signature that typically comes along for the ride. It is seamlessly woven, with polished tannins that are already well integrated. 15.8% abv which is not apparent at all. This is a top-shelf syrah that should not be missed.
No cash-box aesthetics here, just exceptional winemaking and a sense of place. Remarkable.

Visually, this is as dark as the night is black. The perfume is equally intense with mulberries, brambles, blackberries and kirsch.
The palette is perfectly delineated with black cherries, black olives, a hint of cloves and anise. Absent is the peppery signature that typically comes along for the ride. It is seamlessly woven, with polished tannins that are already well integrated. 15.8% abv which is not apparent at all. This is a top-shelf syrah that should not be missed.
No cash-box aesthetics here, just exceptional winemaking and a sense of place. Remarkable.

2 people found it helpfulOct 24th, 2016
Taylor Rupp

Young, needed decanting. Great legs

Young, needed decanting. Great legs

2 people found it helpfulJan 8th, 2016
Sandeep Chakravarty

Sandeep had this 3 years ago

Sandeep had this 3 years ago

2 people found it helpfulDec 30th, 2015