Sherman & Hooker's Shebang! "Sixth Cuvée- Old Vine Cuvée" Red Blend

SKU #1126949 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 *Best Buys* Shebang! is the appealing project of Morgan Twain Peterson, son of the long-time Ravenswood winemaker Joel Peterson. His objective is to fashion innovative, old vine cuvees that satisfy the most demanding wine enthusiasts. [Distributer] Doug Polaner is his name, and high quality wines in all price ranges is his game. I have been tasting with Polaner over a number of years, and these notes represent his very finest value selections.  (8/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Assertive aromas of candied dark fruits and violet, with a peppery topnote. Juicy and open-knit, offering plump blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that show a slight jamminess. An emphatically fruity blend with good finishing lift and gentle tannins. Morgan Twain-Peterson told me that some old-vine zinfandel from the Bedrock Vineyard wound up in here, adding that he made 7,500 cases of it this year.  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

Shebang is a project of Bedrock Wine Co.'s Morgan Twain-Peterson, who happens to be one of only 30 Masters of Wine in the United States and son of Ravenswood founder Joel Peterson. While Bedrock's focus is on small-lot, single-vineyard expressions, Shebang is an exuberantly juicy, multi-vintage red blend with a lot of pedigree as well. The Sixth Cuvée is designated as an Old Vine Cuvée for the first time, as 92% of the fruit was sourced from vines more than 90 years old. This includes some declassified fruit from the 100+ year old Bedrock vineyard in Sonoma Valley, as well as other particularly fine old vineyard discoveries. The blend of the Sixth Cuvée is 60% Zinfandel with a primary balance of Carignan, Alicante Bouchet, Syrah, and other assorted old vine, field blend grapes. The wine was fermented on native yeasts, aged in French oak (15% new), and entirely made with the same attention that is given to Bedrock's wines. Shebang has become very popular as a by-the-glass bistro wine, and imagine restaurant-goers delight when they discover that the whole bottle can be had for under $12!

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2013 | Send Email
Morgan Twain-Peterson may be the most talented young winemaker in United States. How could he not be growing up in vineyards besides his well known father, winemaker Joel Peterson (Ravenswood). Morgan has done exceptionally well in the eyes of the press, and us here at K&L, with his label Bedrock. His wines are thoughtfully crafted small production bottlings from old vines located in “Heritage” vineyards throughout California. Hard to come by, these Bedrock wines already have a loyal and rabid following. But where I think Morgan really shines is in his entry level bottling: the Sherman & Hooker’s Shebang! For the first time this non-vintage blend has an “Old Vine Cuveé” designation with 92% of the fruit coming from vineyards that were planted before 1922. A blend of 60% Zinfandel with the remainder of the wine being a blend of Carignan, Alicante Bouchet, Syrah and assorted other “mixed black” varietals aged in 15% new French oak this is extremely versatile and pairs just as nicely with a rib-eye as it would with a pork loin or as tasty with a good homemade burger as it would be with a nice red sauce. Possibly a bit fuller, darker fruited and spicier than in years past this may be the best Shebang yet with more stuffing/weight, wild berry fruit, briary spice and savory earth all in a bottle that is well less than $15 including tax! There still isn’t a better value for an inexpensive red wine in the store currently in my mind.

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