2005 Shafer Vineyards Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Relentless"
Winery: Shafer Vineyards
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Relentless"
Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)
Grape blend: 78% Syrah & 22% Petite Sirah
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 3,500
KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 7 reviews)
Average Virtual Score: 91 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)
Review date: August 5, 2009
Wine Review: Each year Shafer "Relentless" is one of the top Syrahs coming out of California. The 2005 vintage is no exception. This very dark opaque purple colored wine opens with a fragrant blend of spicy blueberry and boysenberry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, very well balanced, and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a big spicy delicious blackberry with notes of pepper and boysenberry. The finish is rather dry and its building tingly tannins are quite lengthy and relentless. Sorry, had to do it. Pair this wine with a big rack of Memphis styled barbecue ribs. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: "The flavors and aromas are immense, round, mouthfilling and long-lived with a luscious blend of rich blackberry, black plums, meatiness from the Syrah and a dose of blueberry from the Petite Sirah. The tannins are ripe and long-lived, with a lengthy, pleasing finish." — ELIAS FERNANDEZ
Organic status: not organic
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