About the Wine
In 2003 Robert Parker called the Shafer Estate, "one of the world’s greatest wineries." The Shafer family is no stranger to the spotlight, receiving critical praise from wine critics abound. The family has produced Wine Spectators "Wine of the Year" along with being recognized by the James Beard Foundation as "Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year." Through all their success and accolades the Shafer Vineyards has remained one of Napa's premier Family owned and operated Estates. There's no better time than now to discover the magic of family-produced Cabernet from one of Napa's best.
This wine honors long-time Shafer Winemaker Elias Fernandez and his relentless pursuit of quality. Sourced from a single ridgetop vineyard adjacent to the southern border of Stags Leap District, the grapes for Relentless are a proprietary blend of Syrah and Petite Sirah.
It's important to recognize that Shafer is still a family operation and very much hands-on. The total production at Shafer is significantly less than many of the large, well-known commercial brands. You can taste the difference.
Shafer Vineyards is a 30,000 case winery in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District managed by the father and son team of John and Doug Shafer. The Shafer family owns and farms 200 acres of vineyards, sources for Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, and Petite Sirah.
Aging: 30 months in 100% new French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: 76% Syrah, 24% Petite Sirah. The ideal 2018 vintage has produced a Relentless that balances richness and vivacity. There’s heft and structure along with mouth-coating flavors that go on and on. Layers of blackberry compote, red and black spice, dried black fruit, black tea, tobacco, and earthiness. Pair this wine with
"A blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Petite Sirah, the 2018 Relentless looks to be just about sensational, offering a dense purple color as well as rich, loaded notes of blackberries, currants, smoked meats, peppery spice, and violets. Reminding me of a great Cornas on steroids with its gamy, exotic character paired with beautiful richness, it has fabulous purity, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. This will undoubtedly be a great vintage for this cuvée, and my money is on it being one of the best yet." ~96-98 Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2018 Relentless is silky and polished. In 2018 the blend includes a relatively high percentage of Petit Syrah, but the wine does not taste like that at all. Ripe red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, rose petal, black pepper and sweet spice are laced into the super-expressive finish. This might be the most refined Relentless ever." ~95 Points, Vinous Media.
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