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Another “Fabulous” Vintage of Shafer’s Inimitable “Relentless” Syrah - 11/24/2017 - Syrah (domestic)

Always a darling among the critics, the 2014 Shafer “Relentless” Syrah is yet another spellbinding vintage for this truly remarkable wine. For those who crave richness, depth, power, range, and an indomitable personality in their Syrah, this 2014 delivers in spades. Antonio Galloni called the 2014 the “most expressive” when compared to other vintages, and indications show that Wine Advocate is due for some big marks once they get their hands on it. History tells us it’s not wise to wait for that press or you might miss it entirely. As one would expect, ripe, fleshy red and black fruits take center stage with an excellent supporting cast of wild flowers, peppery spice, porcini mushroom, and forest floor. For all its vim and vigor, the ‘Relentless” is very approachable in its youth, making it a terrific wine to enjoy in the near term. Always among the most highly rated (and most anticipated) Syrahs out of Napa Valley, this is not question the 2014 is a must-have bottling and one that will charm for many years to come.

Also available from Shafer, is the 99-point 2013 “Hillside Select.” Among the most impressive bottlings from a historic vintage, it is a centerpiece for collectors of Napa’s elite. As with the other top-tier 2013s, quantities are diminishing quickly, so don’t delay in secure your bottles today.

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2014 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah ($89.99)

92-95 points Vinous: "Shafer's 2014 Relentless is fabulous. The most expressive and varietally expressive of the three vintages of Relentless I tasted. In 2014, Relentless has 11% Petite Sirah, which, along with the personality of the year, kicks up the aromatics and flavors in a meaningful way. Lavender, mint, violets and crème de cassis notes are laced into the super-expressive finish. The 2014 is shaping up to be a real gem. (AG)" (10/2015)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Always a wine of great size and high ripeness, Relentless is as bold and indelicate as ever. It is introduced by very dense aromas of dark earth, blackberries, dried plums and pepper with enormously extracted flavors to match, and, while it heats up as it goes and teeters right at the brink of extravagant excess, it will never be accused of wanting for character. It is nothing less than an out-and-out blunderbuss that will overpower all but the heartiest foods once allowed the half-dozen years required for its ample tannins to ease, and, even when poured with the most savory roasted meats, it will still be the dominant presence at the table." (11/2017)

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2013 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ($319.00)

99 points James Suckling: "Wonderful floral aromas with perfumed roses plus hints of blackcurrants and spearmint. Full-bodied and so powerful and muscular but always showing the brightness and beauty of fruit. Winemakers say this reminds them of the 1978, their first year. It certainly has the structure "those tannins" as they put it. Finish is so impressive with tar, iron and spices. *Top 100 of 2017*" (05/2017)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select will probably hit the magic three-digit score, but it is a more backward style of wine, although probably even more concentrated than the 2012, and thats saying something. Fabulous potential of 30-50 years is evident in this profound bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that is inky blue/black to the rim and offers up notes of charcoal embers, scorched earth, blackberries, cassis, blueberries, a hint of coffee, and background barrique smells. Massively concentrated but incredibly elegant and poised, this is a wine of great energy and vibrancy. It is fabulously deep, built like a skyscraper, and set for an incredibly long life. Try not to consume a bottle for at least another 4-5 years and then watch the magic unfold. (RP) 98+" (10/2016)

97 points Vinous: "Just bottled a few months before this tasting, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Readers will have to be patient with this big, tannic Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 doesn't have the sensuality of the 2012 nor the silkiness of the 2011. Instead, the 2013 is a dense, vertical wine that needs at least a few years of cellaring. This is an intensely savory, mineral driven vintage for Shafer's flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG) 97+" (10/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Graceful and supple, rich and loamy, tilted toward the savory, herbal side of Cabernet, with modest cherry and currant notes. Displays deft balance and hints of anise and underbrush. Complex throughout. (JL, Web-2017)"