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2007 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah

SKU #1063898 96 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark It is no exaggeration to say the 2007 version may just be the best Relentless to date, but even if not, it is a deep and formidable wine by any standard. Its inky appearance correctly implies a wine of great weight and extract, but, what separates this bottling from its equally well-filled predecessors is its terrific sense of structure and balance. It is tough to be sure, but it never lets go of its plentiful, peppery, blackberry fruit, and it will not come close to showing its best until at least another decade has passed. *Three Stars* Inner quote mark (3/2011)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah, the 2007 Relentless displays a very deep purple-black color and slightly closed, rather broody, still youthful nose of crushed blackberries, warm black plums and baked blueberries with touches of tar, licorice, chargrill and black peppercorns plus a waft of garrigue. Full-bodied and decadently fruited on the mouth, it fills the palate with juicy black fruit and peppery layers, framed by firm, rounded tannins and finishing long and spicy. Drink through 2035. (LPB) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A gorgeous wine, ripe and juicy, with black cherry, plum and currant flavors joined by spicy cedar, graphite, tobacco and dried sage. Full-bodied and powerful, yet restrained and ageworthy. (JL) Inner quote mark (2/2011)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Similar to the ’06, and the same blend and oak treatment (84% Syrah and 16% Petit Sirah, aged 30 months in 100% new French oak), the 2007 Shafer Relentless possesses smoky blackberry, plum and cassis fruit that’s supported by sweet oak, graphite, and violets notes on the nose. There’s a healthy dose of oak showing, but it’s very well done and should integrate with additional bottle age. Full bodied with a pure, layered personality, good acidity, and a focused, well-structured finish, this is delicious now, but should benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink well for a decade or longer. 93+ Inner quote mark (11/2010)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Relentless, a blend this year of mainly Syrah and Petite Sirah, is alway a very good wine. The '07 strikes one as, above all, tannic and dry. Then the blackberry, black cherry, dark baker's chocolate, herb tea and smoked meat flavors kick in, impressing with their complexity. It's a distinctive wine, quite unline anything else in California. Despite the hard tannins it's drinkable now, and will challenge chefs and sommeliers to figure out what to serve it with. The winemaker suggests braised short ribs, smoked lamb, roast duck, and Cheddar cheese. Inner quote mark (4/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Distinctly musky aromas of dark berries and dark chocolate. Lush, sweet and concentrated, with fine-grained, rather polite dark berry and pepper flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. The lightly musky quality adds sex appeal to this very young wine. Finishes with broad, suave tannins and excellent length. This is built to age. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (6/2011)

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