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J Opi Malbec 2015
Mendoza, Argentina

The Searchers (1956)
Saturday, January 14 @ 04:00 PM (ET)

Starring the ever-popular John Wayne and filmed in Utah’s Monument Valley, The Searchers epitomizes the Western and remains one of the most respected films of all time in any genre. Though uncommonly soulful, it tells a compelling rescue story with some of Hollywood’s most thrilling screen moments. Shot in gorgeous VistaVision, it’s also the perfect sidekick to this complex red from the rugged terrain of the Mendoza region.

THE WINE

Mendoza star Rodolfo 'Opi' Sadler makes some of our most sought-after Malbecs – so we just had to include his signature release in this case. It’s a wine Decanter judges have described as an "amazing value" and is consistently one of our bestselling reds. His juicy, super-smooth 2015 was carefully crafted with fruit grown in Mendoza's fashionable (and premium) Maipú district. Already drinking deliciously, it won a bronze medal at the 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition. We guarantee it will also draw raves from dinner guests, especially if steak's on the menu.

THE PARTNERSHIP

Chief winemaker at the hugely acclaimed Andean Vineyards, Opi Sadler is one of Argentina's most exciting talents (and, an aspiring chef, as you'll see on the label!). Thanks to his long-standing partnership with our expert team, you enjoy insider access to his acclaimed Malbecs (keep an eye out for his other popular releases on our website). Here’s Opi examining his precious Malbec grapes from the 2015 vintage.

THE MAGICIAN

That’s what Opi's winemaking peers call him, thanks to his uncanny skill with Malbec. And he’s no stranger to kudos like that: Opi's award cabinet is stuffed with golds, trophies and other accolades for his stunning reds – including the coveted Best Malbec title from The Wines of Argentina Awards (no easy feat, considering the stiff competition from all his Malbec-making countrymen).

WITH FOOD

This Malbec's ripe and juicy black-fruit flavors make it perfect for sipping on its own. It’s also a fantastic match for succulent roasted pork – our favorites include pancetta-wrapped pork tenderloin or a meaty pork shoulder, covered with tangy plum sauce. But if you want to really treat yourself, go for your favorite cut of steak (it’s Malbec's classic match).

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