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2017 SHAFER RELENTLESS NAPA VALLEY SYRAH

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Named after Shafer’s longtime winemaker Elias Fernandez’s relentless dedication to high-quality winemaking, Shafer’s Relentless Syrah made its debut in 1999 before clinching three spots on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list, including the #1 ranking in 2012. The wine is a field blend of Syrah, and Petite Sirah planted in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains on a rugged slope, which for more than a decade has consistently produced fruit with finesse and rich concentration.

Fernandez’s ambitious approach means that he’s continuously looking to showcase each vintage at its finest expression, so in 2010, he began selecting only the top quality fruit for the blend, just as he does for the Hillside Select. The final blend for the 2017 Relentless is 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah that seamlessly come together to create this 98 point masterpiece.

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2017 SHAFER RELENTLESS NAPA VALLEY SYRAH

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, carmine black–hued liquid, which aged 30 months in 100% new French oak and has an ABV of 15.8%.
98 Points

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Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 3 × 3 in

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