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Red blend crazy: Tasting the whole Shebang

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Every wine has something to catch the eye (and palate) of the buyer, but this one pushes the red blending thing in a slightly different direction. Its creators have chosen the follow the Zinfandel – Carignane route and melded it all together quite well.

And this technique is starting to catch on. With vintners like Ridge Vineyards and Peterson Winery already getting kudos about their “Zin-Car” blends, the excellent results of this technique have proven to be well received by those who like slightly lighter reds with character.

One of the latest of the Zinfandel-based wines to receive accolades is Bedrock’sShebang Sixth Cuvee”. Having a ratio of 60% Zinfandel, some Carignane, plus other added varietals, this becomes a very interesting blend.

With wild and brambly fruit on the bouquet followed by cranberry traces and nicely balanced acidity, Shebang comes across as slightly coarse, but gradually smoothes out into a soft peppery finish. Oh yes, Morgan Twain-Peterson, son of Ravenswood’s founder, Joel Peterson, knows his Zins. He also knows how to blend them, even with Shebang, one of his more casual projects!

This combination is not too common in a wine under $15 and it shows in the ratings. This red blend is simply a great value at this point. It may not have a vintage on the label, but it should age well against any Zinfandel, and go out 3-5 years with a fun change in its complexity over time.

This will always be a great wine to pair with a spicy beef stew or meaty chili recipe. The Carignane adds enough punch to the bouquet to come in clearly, even over a plate of baby-back pork ribs. No doubt about this one, it’s firmly in the “buds over to party” category.

Find it at Phoenix area AJs for under $15, a great value. There’s even enough of it out there right now to allow for some shopping around. Get that grill ready for March Madness!

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