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