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2012 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah

SKU #1218632 94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2012 Syrah Relentless, which has not yet been bottled, is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah. In keeping with this amazing year, it’s full-bodied, juicy, succulent, flamboyant, with blueberry and blackberry fruit galore, lots of glycerin and a massive mouthfeel, but no heaviness or astringency characterize this stunning wine. This should turn out to be a great, great Rhône Ranger when released in a year or so. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is very fresh and balanced with a dense and silky texture plus lots of violet, berry and hints of sandalwood. It’s full and very silky. Long and intense. Hints of smoky, spicy, wonderful fruit. Lots of tannin but shows an intensity and power. Needs time to soften, but beautiful. Inner quote mark (7/2015)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Rich, ample and expressive, the 2012 Relentless is a winner. Blueberry jam, spice, cloves and leather are some of the many notes that infuse this succulent, deeply expressive wine. Time in the glass only brings out the wine's exuberant personality further. In 2012, Relentless is 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah. This is a terrific example of the year at its best. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A deeply structured blend that combines power with richness. Aromas of blackberry and crushed rock open to layered, complex flavors of black cherry, espresso and smoky cracked pepper. Tannins are big but fleshy. (TF) Inner quote mark (9/2015)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Big, bold and not in the least demurring, but meeting every expectation for Relentless, the new 2012 version is once again a no-holds-barred exhibition of sweet oak, meaty spice and wonderfully deep, blackberry fruit. Inner quote mark (10/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark True to its full-bodied, burly profile, this blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah packs a powerful punch and needs further time to open. For now, a reduced sense of baked coconut, plum and black pepper struggle for identity, with shocks of dark chocolate and velvet. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (8/2016)

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