Cultivate The Gambler

90% Malbec, 10% Bonarda / Mendoza, Argentina / 2011

The Gambler is a broad, brawny, and powerful red wine with flavor and texture for days. Ripe Malbec is counterbalanced with a touch of Bonarda to create a forceful and full mouthfeel of blue and black fruits, leather and spice.

  • Color: Deep red with purple center
  • Nose: Olives, leather, strawberry
  • Palate: Powerful, broad

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Region

Mendoza, Argentina (Specifically Lujan de Cuyo, a special sub-region just south of the town of Mendoza) Incredible altitude. The entire growing region is upwards of 800 meters above sea-level.

Climate

Arid, temperate and breezy.

Soil

Very gravelly with mixtures of alluvial and sand.

Notes

Malbec is the ‘main event’ in Argentina. Elsewhere in the world (namely Bordeaux) it only plays a supporting role as a blending grape, but in Argentina’s high-altitude, arid and gravelly Mendoza region, Malbec seems to shine brightest. In Mendoza, the grape generally produces a dark red wine that is full-bodied and full-flavoured, though often lacking in texture. This is where the little-known grape Bonarda comes in, which has texture in spades. We gave The Gambler just enough Bonarda (about 13%) to help give it that long dusty finish.