November 2015 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 5

The Winery:
Jesus Carlos Fantelli dreams on a larger than life
canvas. Many of those dreams became a reality, as did the one of establishing
a winery with his wife, Ermalinda, in Argentina’s prime vineyard territory,
Mendoza, in 1974. He inherited a few acres of vines when he purchased the
property, but his best acquisition was Don Carlos, the vineyard manager, who
was treated as a family member and acted as such in helping to produce
world-class wines under the Fantelli masthead.
The property produced good quality bulk wine, but Fantelli wanted more.
By eliciting the help of local growers and slowly building up the quality of
their vineyards, the wines continued to improve. One family at a time
became part of the dream to the point that Fantelli is now supported by
more than 30 family growers who now produce top quality grapes
exclusively for Fantelli’s top quality wines.
His patience paid off as today Fantelli is one of the most respected names
in Mendoza. His success has allowed him to continue to improve and
update his operation to the point that it is now a modern wonder, though
still governed by old world principles of pride and honesty.
Fantelli is also concerned about its employee’s workplace environment
and has been certified by HAACP and GMP. HACCP (Hazard Analysis and
Critical Control Point) GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) is a systematic
program to assure food safety.
The Region:
Twenty years in the wine business is like a
second in life. It’s over in a blink. Yet, 20 years ago almost nobody
had ever heard of Mendoza, Argentina. As the wines trickled over
little by little people started to notice.
Most noticeable was what they did with this little known grape
called Moscatel. It was otherworldly when grown here and took
off like a shot. Obviously, that wasn’t their only success as many
other varietals are bowling us over as well.
The Wine:
Moscatel. This little known grape usually makes
stunning dessert wines, but
when fermented dry, it can be a
warm, juicy offering, sure to
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ITEM #: C1115W1IA
Retail Price:
Member Price $10.98/each
Reorder Price $6.99/each
WOMC Rating
Serve with seafood,
and vegetarian dishes.
Very pale
Lychee and musk
Rich, tropical
Cellaring Suggestions:
2-3 years
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