2018 Shafer RelentlessBlend from United States
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- 96-98 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
- 97 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
96-98 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
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.
97 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
A young wine with superb depth and polish that shows great depth and brightness. Full and focused with blue fruit and long, fine tannins that are compact and energetic. Slate. Graphite. Sophisticated and curated. So beautiful to try now, but be patient and open after 2026.
96-98 - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
97 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
|Varietal(s)||Syrah , Petite Sirah|
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, jam, dark berry fruit, high tannin and black pepper|
|Nose||spice box, cedar, dark fruit, spice, currant, blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry and jam|