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2008 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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Comm: 2013-2023 VF: 2012-2028

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 162
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Source Vinfolio

Author Danl
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.321%
Tasted On 09/27/2014
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Author Leftymtb
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.784%
Tasted On 06/16/2014
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Author Bud2123
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.531%
Tasted On 12/28/2013
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Author Cherog
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.857%
Tasted On 03/19/2013
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Author KConCellar
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Tasted On 11/24/2012
Drink Dates 2013-2023

The aromatics are full and distinct, with loads of dark berry and charcoal, then this unfolds touches of black cherry, raspberry and red and black licorice on the palate, sailing along and firming nicely on the finish. Shows all the muscle, density, richness and range of flavor found in many Shafer reds, yet takes it to another level in this vintage. The best Relentless yet. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2013 through 2023

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Author Dbluband
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.209%
Tasted On 11/25/2012
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Author Mucha Wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 59.006%
Tasted On 10/20/2012
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Author Wesley34
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 72.222%
Tasted On 09/30/2012

This is our third bottle of the 2008. It is best after decanting for about 3 hours. It could use a bit more aging but it drinks well now. Very Buttery. Purple in color. Medium rim variation. Slow legs. Blackberry, Blueberry, Dust, Forest floor, Oak, Black Pepper, Butterscotch. Medium/Full bodied. Smooth texture. Long finish.

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Author Datopone
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 09/07/2012

bold & jammy.

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Author Reez Wine Celler
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.667%
Tasted On 07/15/2012
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Author Anon
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Tasted On 01/15/2012
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not quite ready

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