2009 Shafer - Relentless 750ml

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley/ Red / Proprietary Blend   |     Watch

WS 95   WA 93+   IWC 91   Collector 93
2009 Shafer - Relentless Front View
This wine is currently sold out. However, many times we can still locate this wine for you. Use the contact form below to request assistance.
You can also bid on this wine. Contact us to learn how.

Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2013-2024
Author: James Laube

Professional content appears courtesy of Vinfolio

Wine Advocate | Rating: 93+

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.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 204

Professional content appears courtesy of Vinfolio

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

(15.8% alcohol; an 82/18 blend of syrah and petite sirah): Saturated bright ruby. Blackberry, flint, mocha, licorice, bitter chocolate and roast coffee on the nose, with violet and pepper accents emerging with air. Densely packed, concentrated and surprisingly dry, with deep flavors of dark chocolate and dried fruits complicated by a floral element. Finishes with broad, slightly edgy tannins and excellent saline length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168

Professional content appears courtesy of Vinfolio

Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Mayo
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/02/2013

Rating: 94
Author: tk01
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 11/10/2013

Rating: 93
Author: mike1054
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/16/2014

Rating: 92
Author: Reez Wine Celler
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 05/17/2013
Great wine

Rating: 90
Author: Anonymous Author
Tasted On: 08/09/2013

Average rating: 93, based on 8 reviews
More Vintages and Sizes of Shafer - Relentless:

Collector Data For This Wine

197 bottles owned by 59 collectors.

  The Vinfolio Difference  

Since its founding in 2003, Vinfolio has brought the rarest and highest-quality wines to the collector market. Located in San Francisco and Napa, we are a company of wine experts who understand and value the importance of wine provenance. Our premium supplier relationships and first-in-class technology help us protect your wine from sourcing through shipping with extraordinary care that only we can provide. Don't trust your fine wine with anything less!

Learn More

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."

Click here to listen to GrapeRadio's podcast about Shafer (Show #93, 32:01 min 15 MB)

VinCellar Collectors Who Own This Wine Also Own

Recommended For You

Loading, please wait...

Get early access to new arrivals and special offers