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J Opi Malbec Reserve 2017
Mendoza, Argentina

Dodge City (1939)
TUESDAY, JUNE 2 @ 09:30 PM (ET)

A perfect steak wine calls for an iconic western. This Technicolor classic stars Errol Flynn and tells the tale of a cattleman turned sheriff, who tames a lawless town. Known for its action, it features one of the best barroom brawls put to film. Directed by Michael Curtiz, it also stars Olivia de Havilland and Ann Sheridan.

THE WINE

Prized for its deep, black-fruit flavor and velvety, ripe tannins, Malbec is the talk of red wine (and steak) lovers everywhere. Crafted for you by the talented Opi Sadler, this premium Reserve is the luxury version of Opi’s best-selling signature Malbec, and sports a history of acclaim from top international competitions. Aged for 15 months in French and American oak barrels, it brims with vanilla spice, smoky oak, and concentrated blackberry flavors. Delicious on its own and even better with grilled or roasted meats.

THE GRAPE

Although its original home was southwest France (where it made the dark and very tannic ‘black wines’ of Cahors), Malbec was once more common in Bordeaux’s Médoc appellation than Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, this French expat is enjoying superstar status in the mountains of Argentina, where bright sunshine and major altitude (the higher the better) ripen those tannins to perfection. It’s one of the most sought-after red wines of the moment – and it’s considered the new classic match for beef.

THE REGION

WM_OpiSadler_Reserve“There is no greater value in red wine anywhere in the world today than Argentine Malbec” (Wine Spectator). Vineyards are nestled in the ‘rain shadow’ of the Andes Mountains. Although this means precipitation is scarce, the vine growers use the abundance of melting mountain snow for irrigation. It’s a true vine-growing paradise that has turned Argentina into the world’s fifth-biggest wine producer.

WITH FOOD

steak_filetrareIn Argentina, the art of grilling meat is taken very seriously. No wonder Malbec has become one of the world’s most sought-after steak wines. Opi’s Reserve will be perfect with any cut (or even a juicy burger). Rib-eye, skirt steak with chimichurri, New York strip, etc. Try a cocoa powder rub (with paprika, brown sugar, and cayenne) to play up the wine’s chocolatey notes.

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