Sherman & Hooker's Shebang! "Seventh Cuvée" Red Blend

SKU #1156764 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is becoming one of the hottest red wine values in California. Made by Bedrock Winery’s Morgan Twain-Peterson, Shebang!’s non-vintage Red VII is a blend of 46% Zinfandel, 40% Grenache, 5% Alicante, 5% Petite Sirah and 4% Sangiovese that was aged in 50% new French oak. There are 3,500 cases of this $15 beauty, so readers should be buying it by the case. A gutsy California Cotes du Rhone-like effort, it boasts plenty of peppery, meaty, roasted Provencal herb notes intermixed with kirsch liqueur and spice box characteristics as well as a lush, dense, gorgeously fruity, complex style. This killer offering admirably demonstrates what field blends of Mediterranean varietals and old vines can achieve in California. Drink this beauty over the next 1-3 years. (RP)  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

Shebang is a project of Bedrock Wine Co.'s Morgan Twain-Peterson, who happens to be the 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. Made with the same attention to detail as Bedrock's vintage wines--picking at respectable sugar levels (not too high!), native yeast fermentation and judicious use of French oak, according to the winery--the results are deliciously affordable and delicious. "The cuvee VII is predominately Zinfandel and Grenache with a little Alicante Bouchet, Petit Sirah and Sangiovese, much of which comes from old vines," says the winery." Adding, "Rather than giving you a flowery worded description of the wine, which are always like 50% BS, why don't you find out for yourself?! We think you will be very pleased."

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2014 | Send Email
Morgan Twain-Peterson may be the most talented young winemaker in United States. How could he not be, growing up in vineyards beside 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! This particular cuveé is 46% Zinfandel, 40% Grenache, 5% Alicante, 5% Petite Sirah, 4% Sangiovese and 100% delicious! A bit darker-seated than last cuveé, this has a powerful nose of black pepper, ripe black cherries and a bit of wet asphalt with a very easygoing and friendly nature. Fruity but not jammy, structured but instantly drinkable this is a steal of a wine. Briary wild berry, a return of the black pepper found on the nose, raspberry and some old leather and tobacco notes combine on the palate to really over-deliver on the $12 price tag. Year after year I keep saying it, and I’ll say it again here, there still isn’t a better value for an inexpensive red wine in the store when the Shebang is in the house.

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2014 | Send Email
Big. Bold. Bright. Delicious. This version of the Shebang offers aromatic black cherry, cedar, and dark chocolate on the nose. There’s spicy rich fruit, with cassis and herb on the palate. This has a nice satin, lingering, herbal finish and is an incredible value! You can’t afford not to get a case!

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2014 | Send Email
Morgan and team have hit it out of the park yet again! Totally delish brambly, juicy fruit with great acidity and balance. Need a house red? Look no further!
Top Value!

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