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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Shafer Relentless 2009
Shafer Relentless 2009
(search item no. 118862)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 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:

The 2008 vintage of this wine was ranked #1 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2012

The 2009 Relentless offers dense, enticing aromas and flavors of purple/black fruit, smoked meat, spice, incense, black plums and berry. Even at this young age it offers elegance wrapped in extract, with ripe tannins and good structure for aging. In the mouth it's full and rich from the first taste through the long finish.

A bold wine like Relentless complements similar concentrated flavors found in dishes such as Syrah-braised short ribs, smoked lamb with Relentless reduction, roast duck, as well as beef and game. Aged, dry cheeses such as Cheddar, Abbaye De Belloc, and Manchego also pair deliciously.

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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.