Wine Spectator has named the 2008 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley, a blend of Syrah and Petite Syrah, the best wine of 2012. It’s the second time in the history of the magazine’s year-end rankings that a Cali wine has taken the top prize among labels from around the world, including France, Australia, and Argentina.

The publication praises the winner for its “aromatics [that] are full and distinct.” The Rhone-inspired red has also been lauded by The Wine Advocate, which describes Relentless thusly: “Full-bodied with sensational extract and richness, its opaque purple color is followed by terrific smoky barbecue notes, full-bodied opulence and tremendous depth, power and richness.”

The next highest-ranking domestic bottle on the Wine Spectator “Best of” list is Shea Vineyard’s 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir in seventh place. Second place and third place goes to Australian label Two Hands Wine for its Château de. St.-Cosme’s 2010 Gigondos and 2010 Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden, respectively.

[via NY Daily News]