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Shafer Proprietary Red Relentless Napa Valley 2018  - First Bottle


96-98 Jeb Dunnuck -
A blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Petite Sirah, the 2018 Relentless looks to be just about sensational, offering a dense purple color as well as rich, loaded notes of blackberries, currants, smoked meats, peppery spice, and violets. Reminding me of a great Cornas on steroids with its gamy, exotic character paired with beautiful richness, it has fabulous purity, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. This will undoubtedly be a great vintage for this cuv?e, and my money is on it being one of the best yet.
94 Wine Spectator -
A compelling blend that marries deep structure with richness and polish. Features accents of black cherry, grilled anise and smoked pepper, with refined tannins on the finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2032. 3,300 cases made.
92-94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Deep purple-black colored, the 2018 Relentless is a barrel-sample blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah. It sings of crushed black cherries, mulberries and black plums plus cracked pepper, garrigue, lavender, Indian spices and licorice hints. The palate is full-bodied, firm, spicy and energetic with rounded tannins and a long, peppery finish.

Technical Details

  • Blend76% Syrah, 24% Petite Sirah
  • WinemakerElias Fernandez
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • Farming MethodCertified Sustainable and Practicing Organic
  • Aging/Cooperage30 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (Allier & Tron?ais)
  • Brix at Harvest24.0? - 26.0?
  • Release Date44635
  • Alcohol15.8%

Shafer Proprietary Red Relentless Napa Valley 2018

Syrah Blends  |  US

Certified Sustainable and Practicing Organic
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"Year in year out, this is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world... One of the world’s great wines and profound expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon...The quality of the wines soared to first-growth standards, and have remained there for the last twenty-plus years.” - Robert Parker

These wines, from the quiet masterwork winemaking of Elias Fernandez (truly, one of the greatest people and winemakers in the Valley), remain rock-solid, polished, powerful and beautifully well-made wines in the entire Valley, year after year. The new wines are here and the Relentless just crushes it this year. 96-98 points and one of the most compelling versions of this wine (to my palate) since the legendary 2008 which earned the Wine of the Year honors from Wine Spectator almost a decade ago. More peppercorn, minerality and Cote Rotie-like complexity than ever before in the wine, WOW! This is also a bit lighter on its feet than previous vintages with extreme polish and beautiful balance. It's as classy as they come and a wine that should age gracefully for decades.

About the Producer

John Shafer uprooted his family from Chicago in 1972, and bought 209 acres in what would later become Stag's Leap District. He quickly planted a small parcel of Cabernet in the hillsides above the winery at the advice of Nathan Fay and created his first wine from that planting in 1978, a precursor to their legendary Hillside Select. John's son Doug joined the family biz in 1983 and has helped shepard the winery into the international limelight.