FÄSI ARGENTINA is the culmination of a trusted friendship and partnership with one of the finest winemakers of Argentina — Karim Mussi. Mussi’s distinct wine creations have received the highest awards, both nationally and internationally.
Karim learned about winemaking in secondary school, then went on to study engineering before enrolling in business school. Although his father had connections to the wine world through his business, Karim became interested in wine first as a consumer. In fact, he still sees himself primarily as a wine consumer. “I get up in the morning as a winemaker but always go to bed as a wine consumer,” he says. “At the end of the day, for me it’s about the pleasure derived from the wine.” He became a winemaker in “a very natural way.” My life, my schedule, my family relationships were all linked to the cycle of the vines,” Karim explains.
When asked what he would want someone who was observing his work to see, Karim says, “I would want them to see an obsessive person…a person with obsessive attention to detail. It is very hard to make a good wine.” And yet he has made a lot of them. His Altocedro Malbec Reserva, for example, was chosen as one of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2008. The accolades come only after a sustained effort, because winemaking is 90% effort and 10% skill. His first 90-point score took six years to achieve. “The most important years of my career are not the last six, when I’ve been receiving 90+ scores, but the first six when I was learning silently to be a consistent winemaker.”