2008 Shafer - Relentless 750ml

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2008 Shafer - Relentless
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International Wine Cellar | 92

(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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Advocate | 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Wine Spectator | 96

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.

Drink Dates: 2011-2013
Author: James Laube


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purely domestic wine report | 91

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.

Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Author: Doug Wilder
Issue: 4

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Drink Dates: 2012-2028
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Score: 96
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/27/2014
Score: 94
Author: Leftymtb
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 06/16/2014
Score: 93
Author: Bud2123
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/28/2013
Score: 93
Author: Cherog
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 03/19/2013
Score: 96
Author: 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
More Vintages and Sizes of Shafer - Relentless:

2010 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)

About This Producer


John Shafer began working and replanting steep, rocky vineyards in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District in 1972, and has since built Shafer into one of the most sought-after labels from Napa. John, his son Doug, and winemaker Elias Fernandez call themselves farmers, and are proud of it. Doug took over the vineyards in 1989, and within a year began to integrate organic techniques into his vineyards while the term "organic" still elicited sideways looks. "My soils were getting tired," Doug says. "They had been farmed since 1922." He installed solar panels in 2004, and now enjoys watching his batteries send power back to the grid. Elias was hired by Shafer in 1984 and named winemaker in 1994. Shafer Hillside Select is a benchmark wine of the Stag's Leap District, with a string of awards too long to list. Aged a full four years prior to release, it is, in the words of Robert Parker, "One of the world's, as well as Napa's, most profound Cabernet Sauvignons."

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