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2005 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah

SKU #1041874 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The sensational 2005 Relentless boasts an opaque purple color along with a wonderfully sweet nose of blackberries, creosote, acacia flowers, and hints of pepper and meat in the background. Full-bodied and densely concentrated with the oak component well-concealed by the wine’s extravagant richness, this gorgeous 2005 can be drunk now or cellared for 10 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2008)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Brimming with spicy, zesty wild berry, pepper, mineral and fresh earth flavors presented in a tight, focused, concentrated manner. Finishes with firm tannins and good length. (JL) Inner quote mark (12/2008)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Cooler, vibrant aromas of blueberry, blackberry, cocoa powder and violet, along with a meaty nuance. Suave and rather high-pitched, with a silky texture but also a firm acid spine to the flavors of black fruits, bitter chocolate and menthol. Structured, juicy wine. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2007)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Big, dense, ripe and highly extracted all at the same time, this extraordinary wine is not for the faint of heart, but those who like their Syrahs to be bold, full of first-rate fruit, focused on blackberries, coffee, roasted meats and creamy oak with no let up in sight are going to love this latest version from Shafer. One could argue that the wine gets few style points, but that would miss the point. It is brimming with flavor, has power to spare and, rather than tilt to corpulence, it is possessed of fine underlying acidity. *One Star* Inner quote mark (3/2009)


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