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2013 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah

SKU #1270627 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The anomaly in the Shafer portfolio is the Relentless, which is created from the southern foothills of the Vaca mountain range and was debuted largely at the insistence of Elias Fernandez. The first vintage was 1999, and this big, massive, Rhône Valley-inspired wine is certainly a wine capable of lasting 20-25 years. A blend always dominated by Syrah, but with various percentages of Petite Sirah, the 2013 Relentless has a tiny quantity of Petite Sirah (only 3%). It is a stunning wine, with notes of roasted meats, beef blood, lavender, new saddle leather, blackberry and pepper, followed by a wine with a huge, massive, plush texture, an opulence and richness that are stunning, and a long, long finish. It can be drunk young for its exuberance and boisterous character or cellared for another 20+ years. Drink through 2036. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a stunning, vibrantly robust and intense wine, big, bold and reductive and blended with 3% Petite Sirah. Floral aromas take on meaty, gamy overtones amidst black licorice, tar and juicy strawberry, the tannins silky and supportive and the finish leathery and spicy. (VB) Inner quote mark (6/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Elias Fernandez grew the fruit for this Syrah at La Mesa Vineyard, a ridgetop with shallow soils of volcanic ash at the southern reaches of the Stags Leap District. The vineyard includes a small amount of Petite Sirah, its fruit adding depth to the tannic structure of the blend. This is, by far, the best vintage of Relentless I have tasted, a wine with brisk red fruit woven into the darker, purple tones of the vintage. The floral depths of the aroma include notes of bergamot and rose. As luscious as the texture may be, there’s an energy that drives the tannins, lending them the cool freshness of a blood orange to win the battle against the rich, chocolatey new oak in the end. Inner quote mark (4/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Floral blackberry and espresso aromas lead to densely complex flavors of dark plum, licorice and mineral in this structured red, well-framed by taut tannins and lively acidity. Should benefit from time in the cellar. (TF) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark As usual, Shafer's Relentless is an extremely expressive and many-layered Syrah that is unsurpassed among its peers in size, depth, and brawny astringency and, and while even its fruit is oversized, this is not a wine for every palate. On the other hand, if sheer bombast is your cup of tannin, then by all means do step up, for there are few wines in this tasting that can match its power and potential. And whether it is aged four years or fourteen, it guarantees to reward long cellaring time, and a half-dozen strikes us as a good place to start. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (3/2017)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Relentless is powerful, tightly wound and in need of time in bottle. Dark cherry, plum, spice, mocha and new oak are all pushed forward. Like so many wines in 2013, the Relentless is going to require a bit of patience. The 2013 is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. (AG) 92+ Inner quote mark (12/2016)

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