2016 Shafer Syrah Relentless

Year: 2016
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Vinous Media: 94
California Grapevine: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.8%
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"The 2016 Relentless is a rich, dense, powerful wine. Thirty-two months in barrel yields a sumptuous Syrah-based wine rich in texture and loaded with personality. Dark red fruit, cedar, tobacco, menthol and dried herbs add complexity to a Syrah-based red built on texture and weight." (VM)

"2. 2016 Shafer, “Relentless,” Napa Valley ($95) – Medium- dark to dark ruby; attractive, deep, ripe, intense, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with spicy notes and hints of black pepper, wet stone, smoked meat, and saddle leather; full body; big, deep, concentrated, dark berry fruit flavors with notes of savory spices, licorice, and black pepper, and plummy richness in the mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Approachable now, though deserving a good several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 15.8% alcohol; 3,300 cases; blended with 10% Petite Sirah; re- leased September 2019. (Group Score: 16.6, 2/1/0; My Score: 17 [92/100], first place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
Once again our Syrah and Petite Sirah vineyard in the sloping foothills of the Vaca Mountains has yielded a dark, liquid feast of great richness and depth. "The 2016 Relentless offers deep, elegant, meaty, gamey aromas and flavors that are pure Syrah. These are fused with blueberry, black pepper, wet stone, and black tea. The vintage offers an ideal balance of immensity and energy, along with a beautiful, silken texture in the mouth, a lengthy finish, and ripe tannins that promise many rich, memorable years ahead." -Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez