1999 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Red Blend
*Cellar Selection* Incredibly intense, with dense, focused, vivid black cherry, berry, spice, cassis, herb and licorice flavors. Lush, supple textured, round and elegant, it¹s quite peppery, nonetheless, and framed in ripe, meaty tannins. Named for the relentless efforts of winemaker Elias Fernandez, the wine is silky smooth and long at the end. An outstanding first Syrah from this winery, best known for Cabernet.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A new Shafer project that will tantalize wine consumers is their 17-acre Syrah vineyard planted in southern Napa Valley. While production from the first crop, 1999, will be small, this looks to be a fabulous Syrah. Yields were cut by 50%, producing only 1.5 tons of fruit per acre. The wine is being aged in 75% new French oak casks. The result is a sensational, opaque blue/purple-colored Syrah/Petite Sirah blend with a dazzling nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with barbecue spices and licorice. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, voluptuously-textured, super-extracted, and rich, with low acidity. It should provide compelling drinking upon release, and keep for 15 years. (RP)
Dark, rich, intense and spicy, with wonderful aromatics, deeply concentrated and sharply focused currant, blackberry, anise, sage, leather and spice, finishing with supple, mouthcoating tannins. A gorgeous Syrah. Contains 19 percent Petite Sirah. (JL)