“The elegant 2017 offers a wealth of aromas and flavors – black plum, herbs, grilled game, vanilla, leather, herbs, river stone, and spice. The richness, balance, and vibrancy of the wine is mouth- filling and soul-satisfying on every level with ripe, silky tannins that offer the promise of greater pleasures with years of cellaring.” – Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez. Vineyard location: A small ridgetop site and a foothills site along the Vaca Mountains just south of Stags Leap District. 2017 vintage – 86% Syrah, 14% Petite sirah. Aged 30 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels. Relentless is a blend of Syrah and Petite Sirah that originates in a rugged, sloping vineyard planted in the chaparral foothills of the Vaca Mountains, along Napa Valleys drier, cooler southeast corridor. The soul of the wine, though, comes from its namesake, our longtime winemaker, Elias Fernandez, who the Shafer family honors with this proprietary blend for his relentless pursuit of quality.