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Shafer Relentless Napa Valley 2010

Jeffery Lindenmuth - April 2014

Dense, dark, and captivating, this California icon delivers a chewy mix of wild berries, black licorice, tar, cigar wrapper, and smoky meat. Crafted from 96 percent Syrah and 4 percent Petite Sirah, this red embodies the power and quality of Shafer Cab, with a different cast of flavors and immediately perceptible finesse.
Score: 95
Cost: $680
Cases: 3,300

Note: Wine Spectator rates on a 100-point scale. 95–100: Classic, a great wine. 90–94: Outstanding, superior style and character. 80–89: Good to very good, a wine with special qualities. Prices listed are average wholesale case prices. All ratings are taken from Wine Spectator with permission. Wine Spectator School professional courses are now free with a WineSpectator.com membership ($49)