We could hardly say that this blend is a lighter wine than Ruby Trust’s “Gambler.” Syrah at 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon at 33%, and Petit Verdot at 17% would hardly lessen the weight of the 100% Syrah in “The Gambler.” Both are hefty at almost 16% alcohol. The Gunslinger is a little lighter in color and has a different flavor profile. Blackcurrant and cedar, with hints of herbaceousness (a trademark of Cabernet Sauvignon) plus red fruit flavors from Petit Verdot combine to brighten the aroma and add zest to the mouthfeel. Minerality and acids are a little higher to the taste in the “Gunslinger” than in “The Gambler” and the overall effect is a juicy, mouthwatering wine that cleanses the palate and would brighten any rich dish. A long, clean finish seals the wine’s title for being a full, succulent red.
Tannins are fine and balanced, although a little stronger than in “The Gambler.” Both wines are winners in the heavy-weight department.
Emotional rating: Very High
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