Shafer 2014 Relentless

Shafer 2014 Relentless | 95 POINTS

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The 2014 Shafer Relentless is sourced entirely from a small ridgetop site and a foothills site along the Vaca Mountains just south of Stags Leap Distric. It starts with intense aromas of smoky meat and rich, black fruit, then saturates the mouth with opulent flavors of black licorice, bramble fruit, black pepper, allspice, bacon, and char.

Varietal Composition: 89 Syrah, 11 Petite Sirah
Appellation: Napa Valley AVA
Aging: 30 months in 100 percent new French oak barrels

95 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2014 Relentless, made up of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah, is deep garnet-purple with a pronounced nose of black plums, blackberries and black cherries with touches of fragrant earth, black pepper and Indian spices plus a waft of lavender. Very big, full-bodied, opulent and laden with vibrant black fruits and spicy layers, it has firm, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and peppery." -LPB, 1/31/18

94 Points - Vinous
"The 2014 Relentless is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Inky, voluptuous and wonderfully vivid, the 2014 has so much to offer. A rush of inky blue/purplish fruit, exotic spice and floral notes build into the powerful, brooding finish. Two thousand fourteen is an exceptional vintage for Relentless, Shafer's Syrah/Petite Sirah blend." -AG, Mar/2018

93 Points, "Cellar Selection" - Wine Enthusiast
"This perennial powerhouse of a wine is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah, aged 30 months in 100% new French oak. It offers a hard-hitting intensity of stewed plum, cherry and buttery vanilla, with thick, structured tannins that are firm and integrated. Meat, black licorice and black pepper combine effortlessly and should shine bright after aging. Enjoy from 2029 and beyond." -VB, 3/1/18

91 Points - Wine Spectator
"Well-built and quite extracted, with tightly wound blackberry, crushed stone and smoky anise notes that build momentum toward big tannins. Needs time. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2019 through 2028. 3,300 cases made." -TF, 4/30/18

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