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Shafer

shafer relentless syrah 2017 750ml

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SHAFER RELENTLESS SYRAH 2017

Vineyard Locations: A small ridgetop site and a foothills site along the Vaca Mountains just south of Stags Leap District

The 2017 Growing Season: Plenty of rain in winter and spring ended a series of drought years and kicked off a long, warm growing season that produced clusters of fruit with radiant color, pure flavors, and enticing aromas.

Varietal Composition: 90% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah

Brix at Harvest: 24.0° - 26.0°

Cooperage: 30 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (Allier & Troncais)

Alcohol: 15.8%

Winemaker Notes:

The elegant 2017 offers a wealth of aromas and flavors - black plum, herbs, grilled game, vanilla, leather, herbs, river stone, and spice. The richness, balance, and vibrancy of the wine is mouth-filling and soul-satisfying on every level with ripe, silky tannins that offer the promise of greater pleasures with years of cellaring.

Critical Acclaim:

98 points - Tasting Panel
"We taste this proprietary blend of Syrah (86%) and Petite Sirah (14%) almost every vintage, and this time we admired the elevated elegance of its structure, with silkier tannins than we recall in former bottlings. Grown on a small ridgetop just south of the Stags Leap District, the grapes experienced a lengthy hang time, and the result is stunning: Chocolate, black plum, slate, black olive, and leather reveal themselves in the opaque, carmineblack-hued liquid, which aged 30 months in 100% new French oak and has an ABV of 15.8%."

94 points - Jeb Dunnuck
"While I don't think the 2017 Relentless will match the 2018, it's nevertheless a beautiful Syrah that offers lots of smoky dark berry fruits, barbecue notes, spice, and meaty nuances in a rich, pure, nicely textured, medium to full-bodied package. It's going to evolve gracefully for a solid 10-12 years."

94 points - Wine Spectator
"Deep and powerfully built, with a rich and polished texture that highlights wild berry and blueberry flavors that show notes of espresso, smoky beef and black pepper. Finishes with big but refined tannins. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2030.

92 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Composed of 86% Syrah and 14% Petite Sirah, the 2017 Relentless has a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant notes of cracked black pepper, licorice and violets over a core of plum preserves, Black Forest cake and mulberries plus an earthy waft of tar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has lovely purity and freshness, featuring ripe, rounded tannins and lots of pepper and spice layers, finishing refreshingly savory."

92 points - Wine Enthusiast
"This is a burly, muscular yet sophisticated wine, showing complex characteristics of black pepper, clove and garrigue. Woody oak underscores a robust palate of black plum, game and savory herb, with a velvety texture throughout. It's a blend of 86% Syrah and 14% Petite Sirah."

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