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Stanford GSB Alumni Produce Great Argentinian Wines

This is one of those stories where I actually have to start at the end because you wouldn’t believe it, if it actually wasn’t caught on video.

As I was finishing up this blog on an overcast Sunday morning, who strolls through the front door to look at wines in our Argentine section other than Jon Staenberg himself, owner of Hand of God Wines. He just happened to be in town for a class reunion, was driving by Beltramo’s, and wanted to see how the wines were being received.  Here is the video: Hand of God Wines at Beltramo’s.

What might have seemed like a chance meeting for two Stanford MBA students years ago grew into a friendship, and then later a business partnership galvanized by their love of wine.

Jon Staenberg, a native Nebraskan, and Santiago Achával, of famed Mendoza Winery Achával Ferrer, have partnered in Hand of God Wines.  Jon and Santiago both possessing a deep passion for wine that was planted in them on their own frequent trips to the Napa Valley during their time at Stanford Business School have combined their efforts to showcase great wines from Argentina.

We are much honored to be one of the few places in the United States to be able to bring two of these wines to our shelves.  The 2010 Fingerprint Series Red ($35.99) is a blend of 55% Malbec, 35% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot grown in the Sobremesa vineyard. This vineyard is situated around 3600 feet above sea level in the Uco Valley basking in warm sunlight contrasted by cool winds coming off the Andes Mountains.  Neal Martin from the Wine Advocate had this to say about the wine, “The 2010 Fingerprint Series Red Blend…has a very ripe, glossy bouquet that is loaded with glycerine. Notes of sloes, kirsch and fresh dates all vie for attention, combining to create a heady and attention grabbing bouquet. The palate is viscous on the entry. The tannins are bold but fine and support the multi-layered black fruit laced with dark chocolate, black pepper and a touch of sage. The texture is silky smooth, while the finish is impressive in terms of its composure and delineation, with a sprinkle of white pepper lingering on the aftertaste. Drink 2014-2020.”

The second of our offerings from Hand of God wines is a gorgeous Malbec.  This 2010 Old Vine Malbec ($59.99) wine comes from the “Stolen Horse Vineyard” which allows this wine to truly showcase Malbec’s capability to produce strong but subtle nuances punctuated by bright acidity and focused minerality.  Neal Martin from the Wine Advocate also had this to say about the Malbec, “Raised entirely in new oak, it has an intense, heady bouquet with blackberry, peppermint, a touch of sous-bois and a slight fug of alcohol. The palate is full-bodied with layers of ripe black, tarry fruit. It is well balanced and very harmonious. What could be overpowering is extremely refined and well balanced towards the decadent finish.”

This really is story about things working together for the great good, and where chance occurrences, can be the ingredients for success.  As Booby Unzer said, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”  Just on a chance that you’re driving by Beltramo’s, you might want to stop in and pick up some Hand of God Wines while they are still available.

Chris M., Beltramo’s Wine Consultant


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