2017 Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley Relentless

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Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Shafer Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot Petit Verdot
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (15%)
Drink window 2022 - 2035
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The Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley Relentless is a blend of 86% Syrah and 14% Petite Sirah. In the glass, the 2017 Relentless has a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant notes of black pepper, licorice and violet over a core of canned plums, mulberries plus some earthy notes. On the palate, the Rlentless is medium to full bodied and excels in purity and freshness with ripe, round tannins and plenty of pepper and spice layers, finishing refreshingly savory.

Reviews

“... a bold, flamboyant wine that seems to have put on even more density over the last year, hard as that may seem to believe. Black cherry, licorice, spice, leather and menthol are all amped up in this decidedly opulent, full-throttle Syrah-based wine.”
— Antonio Galloni, Vinous

“ … 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.”
— Lisa Perrott-Brown, The Wine Advocate

“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.”
— Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

“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. Enjoy from 2027 – 2030. Cellar Selection. ”
— Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast

“Aromas of saucy plums, black currants, roasted figs, with these deep, dark, earthy tones, charcoal and graphite. Big and bold on the palate, juicy tannins, moderate acidity, it is boastful but nuanced with suave, tangy currant and plum fruit. Complex notes of mesquite, beef jerky, mint, leather, rocky elements that are delicious and fascinating to pull out. I feel like these need quite a bit of time to show their best – I think this will be beautiful in eight to 10 years.”
— Isaac James Baker, Terrorist.com

“Savory aromas of dark chocolate, spice, leather, cured meat, & black cherry. Flavors add charcoal & garrigue. Full-bodied and powerful with rich, softish, but drying, texture. Will age.”
— Fred Swan, Planet Grape

ABOUT SHAFER VINEYARDS

Shafer Vineyards was founded in 1972 when, after a successful career in publishing, John Shafer, along with his son Doug, purchased vineyards on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. They purchased 84 acres, 12 of which were planted with vines. A program of replanting and replanting was immediately carried out. From their inception, the Shafers have been very innovative. The aim was to arrive at a completely natural way of growing grapes and making wine. By growing clover and peas, which, in addition to counteracting erosion, also form a rich humus layer, bees and other insects are attracted that ensure optimal pollination and a natural environment. This prevents the use of pesticides. Winemaker Elias Fernandez has been with Shafer since 1994 and is considered one of the most talented winemakers in Napa.

Vineyard for 2017 Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley Relentless

Shafer Vineyards was founded in 1972 when, after a successful career in publishing, John Shafer, along with his son Doug, purchased vineyards on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. They purchased 84 acres, 12 of which were planted with vines.A program of replanting and replanting was immediately carried out. From their inception, the Shafers have been very innovative. The aim was to arrive at a completely natural way of growing grapes and making wine. By growing clover and peas, which, in addition to preventing erosion, also form a rich humus layer, bees and other insects are attracted, which ensure optimal pollination and a natural environment. This prevents the use of pesticides. Winemaker Elias Fernandez has been with Shafer since 1994 and is considered one of the most talented winemakers in Napa. Since 2004, Shafer has been the first company in Napa to be completely self-sufficient in energy by installing solar panels on the winery. Shafer has vineyards in several AVAs of Napa Valley such as the famous Stags Leap District surrounding the winery, Yountville and vineyards in the hills towards the eastern Vaca Mountains.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Shafer Vineyards
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2017
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2035
Alcohol % 15
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 92
James Suckling rating 95
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard
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