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2009 Shafer Relentless (750ml)
Producer: Shafer Vineyards shafervineyards.com
Appellation: Stags Leap District - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah - Petite Sirah
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$62.00
Alcohol %: 15.8
Description: Relentless
Tasting Notes:
tasted: December 8, 2012 , Bill Wood
4 stars "Color: dark; Aromas: black berry; Sweetness: dry; Finish: persistent; very good"
tasted: February 14, 2016 , Harlan Bowers
5 stars "Color: dark; Nose: intense; Aromas: dried fruit; Acidity: supple; Sweetness: dry; Body: alcoholic; Finish: very persistent; Overall: well balanced; Very elegant, deep purple in color, blackberry and leather, dried cherry"
rated: January 7, 2013 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
95 points "Brimming with dark, rich berry, loamy earth, crushed rock and espresso. This is a powerful expression that is also tapered and sophisticated, ending with all kinds of subtle nuances that come alive on the finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2013 through 2024. Wine Advocate -- 93+pts The 2009 Relentless (Syrah/Petite Sirah) wraps around the palate with serious depth. Dark cherries, grilled herbs and menthol take shape in the glass followed by sweet floral notes that add lift on the finish. A rich, round and voluptuous wine, the 2009 impresses for its overall sense of harmony. It isn’t terribly varietal, but is quite pretty if taken on its own terms. The 2009 is 82% Syrah and 18% Petite Sirah. Personally, I prefer the subsequent vintages, where Syrah plays more of a leading role. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024." Best 2014-2024