Shafer 2011 Relentless Syrah-Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)

#81 Top 100 Cellar Selections 2015
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There's no denying the power in this wine, which contains Syrah and Petite Sirah sourced from one ridgetop Stags Leap District site. But in this case, power is a beautiful thing, sinewy and contained. Complex in plum, gamy meat and a lingering suggestion of coconut, it has size offset by the acidity, and a beguiling finish of cracked black pepper. Things will get more interesting in the cellar, through 2021–2026. Virginie Boone

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