Sherman & Hooker's Shebang! "Seventh Cuvée" Red Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is becoming one of the hottest red wine values in California. Made by Bedrock Wineryís Morgan Twain-Peterson, Shebang!ís 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)
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. 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."