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2012 Shafer Vineyards Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Relentless"

Winery: Shafer Vineyards

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Relentless"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 89% Syrah & 11% Petite Sirah

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $85

Cases produced: 3,300

KWG Score: 95.3 (based on 6 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: November 6, 2015

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark ruby colored Syrah based wine opens with a musty blackberry and boysenberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied and tamer than previous versions of this wine. It is also well balanced, smooth and easy going. The flavor profile is black raspberry and smoked meat with notes of blackberry and oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are a little sticky and linger nicely. This wine is elegant for a big wine and food friendly. I would pair it with slow cooked beef brisket. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: This is a classic Relentless offering tantalizing, vibrant aromas and flavors of Syrah meatiness and a juicy core of black plum, dark chocolate, smoke, white pepper, blackberry, and creme brulee. The mouthfeel is full and liquid-velvet smooth with a finish that lingers on and on. This vintage will offer even more riches with additional years in the cellar.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Shafer 2012 Relentless Syrah.

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