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2008 Shafer - Relentless 750ml
2008 Shafer - Relentless
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2008 Shafer - Relentless
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 162

(15.6% alcohol; a 75/25 blend of syrah and petite sirah): Bright, full ruby. Slightly reduced, musky aromas and flavors of blackberry and game lifted by a violet topnote. Creamy, sweet and pliant but shapely and reserved as well; fuller than the One Point Five cabernet but without quite that wine's depth. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins and considerable richness. Wears its high alcohol gracefully.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 192

Another thoroughbred in the making is the 2008 Relentless. Full-bodied with sensational extract and richness, its opaque purple color is followed by terrific smoky barbecue notes, full-bodied opulence and tremendous depth, power and richness. This stunning Syrah can be drunk over the next 15-20 years.

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WS
96

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

The best Relentless yet. Shows all the muscle, density, richness and range of flavor found in many Shafer reds, yet takes it to another level in this vintage. The aromatics are full and distinct, with loads of dark berry, charcoal, and then as it unfolds touches of black cherry, raspberry, red and black licorice, sailing along and then firming nicely on the finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah.

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DW
91

purely domestic wine report Author: Doug Wilder Issue: 4

A deep concentrated nose with hints of bright citrus rind and a bold melange of red and black stone fruits with some savory olive impression. The palate is firm with a sense of concentration, warm depth of black fruit and chocolate. Solidly impressive overall.

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VF

Vinfolio Author: Elizabeth Grubel

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Community Reviews

93

Danl Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 01/02/2014

93

Bud2123 Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 12/28/2013

92

Leftymtb Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 03/31/2013

93

Cherog Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 03/19/2013

96

KConCellar Tasted On: 11/24/2012 Drink Dates: 2013-2023

The aromatics are full and distinct, with loads of dark berry and charcoal, then this unfolds touches of black cherry, raspberry and red and black licorice on the palate, sailing along and firming nicely on the finish. Shows all the muscle, density, richness and range of flavor found in many Shafer reds, yet takes it to another level in this vintage. The best Relentless yet. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2013 through 2023

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