So my wife thought it would be fun for us to drive out to Pueblo West Colorado so we could spend some time with her fam, let the kiddos hang out with their cousins, and get out of the AZ heat for a few weeks (also means i have to work remotely, which is not ideal being that I’m in sales…but I’m a team player). Pueblo West is not exactly the wine capital of the world, but in addition to the wines I brought, I was able to find a few gems and some solid every day drinkers here. Two of those being Bedrock Shebang (‘whole Shebang’, no version) and Marietta Old Vine Red Number 62. Ding, ding, ding
Both almost identical in color. Typical dark purple and fairly opaque. On the nose, the Marietta wins…err…by a nose. Just a tad more full and expressive than the Bedrock, which is more subdued and almost has a slight candied note which makes you worry for a second…but thankfully doesn’t carry thorough on the palate.
Speaking of palate, both are really tasty. The bedrock is brighter and has more red, dusty fruit (poor man’s BR Old Vine…but not that far off), while the Marietta is darker and full of plums and spice. Both medium+ bodied (Marietta slightly larger), and with ample acidity. Just really delicious, easy, un-pretentious goodness.
Hard to pick a favorite as they are both great wines that i would happily drink anytime…espeically for the $13 I paid for em. That being said…i went ahead and blended the two together and it’s freaking awesome (if I do say so myself
P.s. only brought 1 Gabriel Glas so not exactly a ‘fair fight’. But I’d feel like such a snob bringing multiple glasses
The Shebang has been all over the place. Some good, some just OK. A third candidate in this fight would have been one of Morgan’s Dad’s Ravenswood Old Vines Sonoma. Similar price point, but in my experience is little deeper flavor.
I have only tasted one batch of the Shebang! red, while I have drunk numerous lot numbers of the Marietta Old Vine Red. I would be interested in a head-to-head comparison like you did (perhaps including the Old Patch Red from Trentadue).
I feel like the Marietta OVR bottlings are great after a year or so of each release. The sole Shebang! I tasted, back in mid-2015, was a trifle abrupt on the finish, but most inexpensive red wine is like that.
Ha! Yeah, I’m surprised it took that many posts before someone mentioned that. My wife drinks more cocktails with her sisters when we come out here. Plus she could care less about a wine glass. I’m the only wine a-hole between the 2 of us