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Date Printed: 11/21/2014
Shafer Relentless 2008
Shafer Relentless 2008
(search item no. 113515)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#1 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

The 2008 is like midnight in a glass. With abundant aromas and flavors of juicy purple fruit, smoked meat, spice, smoke, black plums and berry, it hugs the line between extract and elegance. In the mouth it's full and seamless from first taste through the long finish.

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About Shafer Vineyards:

John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon, their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select, is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.