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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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.


Arid, temperate and breezy.


Very gravelly with mixtures of alluvial and sand.


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.