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2019 Shafer RelentlessBlend from United States


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  • 96 Wine Enthusiast
  • 96 Jeb Dunnuck -
  • 94 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
  • 93+ Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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This powerful, rough-hewn wine that contains 11% Petite Sirah holds extremely deep black and blue fruits in a framework of grippy tannins. A tight, reserved expression on the midpalate signals more aging is needed for best enjoyment. The wine's ripe, compelling, late-harvest fruits match the massive structure. Best from 2028–2040.

96 Jeb Dunnuck -

The 2019 Relentless is mostly Syrah, yet the cuvée always includes a good bit of Petite Sirah, with 11% in the 2019. A deep purple-hued blockbuster of a Syrah, it offers loads of ripe blackberries, ground pepper, sappy herbs, and violet-like aromas and flavors. One of those wines that delivers richness and intensity with no sensation of weight of heaviness, it has terrific balance, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Enjoy bottles over the coming 10-15 years.

94 Antonio Galloni - Vinous

The 2019 Relentless is gorgeous. Bright and intensely savory, the 2019 bristles with energy. Black pepper, sage, tobacco, incense and dried herbs lend tons of nuance to this expressive Syrah/Petite Sirah blend. There's quite a bit of energy here and also a bit less heft than most previous vintages, a reflection of a move towards slightly cooler sites.

93+ Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2019 Relentless is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah that spent 30 months in 100% new French oak. The nose is a bit briary, with intriguing herbal complexities from the Syrah, vibrant purple-raspberry fruit and perhaps some blueberry fruit from the Petite Sirah. This is full-bodied, tannic, sturdy stuff that needs time to come around, but as it's packed with fruit, that shouldn't be an issue. Patience will be required.

Product Detail

Item # 138555
Country United States
Region California
Sub-Region Napa

96 - Wine Enthusiast

96 - Jeb Dunnuck -

94 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous

93+ - Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2019
Color Red
Varietal(s) Syrah , Petite Sirah
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
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