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1999 Shafer - Relentless Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

John Shafer began working and replanting steep, rocky vineyards in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District in 1972, and has since built Shafer into one of the most sought-after labels from Napa. John, his son Doug, and winemaker Elias Fernandez call themselves farmers, and are proud of it. Doug took over the vineyards in 1989, and within a year began to integrate organic techniques into his vineyards... More »

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92
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Drink Dates
VF: 2003-2011
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 102
Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.154%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

My go-to steakhouse wine (as it has uncanny consistency from vintage to vintage and tends to be the least abused wine when it comes to gratuitous mark-ups) comes in the form of 80% Syrah and 20% Petite Sirah, and this '99 opened up beautifully in the glass. Initially shy, but evolved w/ air to showcase a nose of dried beef, dark chocolate, blackberries, cedar and pepper notes. The texture in the mouth began in a savory, chunky style, but transitioned to much more supple, perfumey flavors that sparked on the lively finish

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