Shafer Vineyards Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Petite Sirah 2011

Ratings on Delectable

Al Shikoh Delectable Pro

Inky purple black. Blueberry, roasted coffee, black pepper, and hints of smoke all evident on the nose. Not as fleshy as a typical bottling of “Relentless”, this challenging vintage has produced a surprisingly well balanced wine despite the 15.8% alcohol. The well integrated tannins give a slight bite to the long finish. Made from a blend of 91% Syrah and 8% Petite Sirah aged 30 months in 100% new French oak, it paired nicely with a Lamb Sirloin with harissa, kohlrabi, and a spiced labneh.

Inky purple black. Blueberry, roasted coffee, black pepper, and hints of smoke all evident on the nose. Not as fleshy as a typical bottling of “Relentless”, this challenging vintage has produced a surprisingly well balanced wine despite the 15.8% alcohol. The well integrated tannins give a slight bite to the long finish. Made from a blend of 91% Syrah and 8% Petite Sirah aged 30 months in 100% new French oak, it paired nicely with a Lamb Sirloin with harissa, kohlrabi, and a spiced labneh.

9.2

Will Phelps Delectable Pro

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

One of the better wines I've had from this challenging vintage.

One of the better wines I've had from this challenging vintage.

9.3

Tom Steffanci Delectable Pro

Wow. And this is an 11'! Toasted hazlenut, rapped in tar and dried blueberry. Sappy and viscous on the mouth. Long, round, soft finish with some acid to boot. Badass. Wish I had more

Wow. And this is an 11'! Toasted hazlenut, rapped in tar and dried blueberry. Sappy and viscous on the mouth. Long, round, soft finish with some acid to boot. Badass. Wish I had more

9.3

Rebecca Fletcher Delectable Pro

Savory, ripe plum, fig, red currant and vanilla.

Savory, ripe plum, fig, red currant and vanilla.

8.9

Kyle Schlachter Delectable Pro

Writer Colorado Wine Press

Big, inky, and dense. Blue and black fruits. Dark espresso. Roasted herbs. Blackened meat. Little aroma. Needs time.

Big, inky, and dense. Blue and black fruits. Dark espresso. Roasted herbs. Blackened meat. Little aroma. Needs time.

9.0

Gillett Johnson Delectable Pro

Nice wine. Reminiscent of a great Australian Shiraz with some age. Wine o year - not too sure.

Nice wine. Reminiscent of a great Australian Shiraz with some age. Wine o year - not too sure.

8.8

AJ Martins

An attitude we all share today!

An attitude we all share today!

9.0

Joe Gillies

Decanted for 30 minutes. Drinking wonderfully right now but still no rush! Lush dark fruit, eucalyptus, a bit of bacon fat, and smoke charcoal. Drank side by side with Gorman Winery's The Evil Genius 75% syrah 25% cab blend. The Relentless wins this H2H even when factoring price.

Decanted for 30 minutes. Drinking wonderfully right now but still no rush! Lush dark fruit, eucalyptus, a bit of bacon fat, and smoke charcoal. Drank side by side with Gorman Winery's The Evil Genius 75% syrah 25% cab blend. The Relentless wins this H2H even when factoring price.

9.4

Ryan Mullins Delectable Pro

Darkness?! Is that you!?!

Darkness?! Is that you!?!

Brian Kelly

Very fruity on the nose. Blackberry, blueberry, tobacco and vanilla. A little pepper on the finish, but not very pronounced. The 15.8% ABV is sneaky and well balanced, no sense of alcoholic heat at all. I like this wine a lot.

Very fruity on the nose. Blackberry, blueberry, tobacco and vanilla. A little pepper on the finish, but not very pronounced. The 15.8% ABV is sneaky and well balanced, no sense of alcoholic heat at all. I like this wine a lot.

9.4

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