Why does Jason Carlen love Musto Carmelitano Aglianico del Vulture?

JasonCarlen.jpgKristin Donnelly of Food & Wine put Jason Carlen, Sommelier and Beverage Director at Spiaggia, to the test. Find a favorite wine that costs less than $17. His response is a selection that is lesser known but absolutely worth the search!

What: Musto Carmelitano Aglianico del Vulture, Serra del Prete, DOC

Why: “This wine is Italy’s answer to Côtes du Rhône. It comes from the uncelebrated region of Basilicata, which is located in the arch of the boot of Italy. The vines are grown on the volcanic soils of Monte Vulture, where Aglianico thrives. The wine is untouched by oak, it is aged for a mere six months in stainless steel to preserve its freshness. It smells of black pepper, thyme, sage and black tea. In the mouth it possesses lean and mean tannins with flavors of wild blackberries, licorice and dried Mediterranean herbs. It would be perfect with a rich salmon or a piece of porchetta.”

Terroirist Interview with Chris Williams

ChrisWilliams.jpg David White: What would people be surprised to know about you?
Chris Williams: I like to sew. Sometimes I bring my sewing machine out to the winery to work on projects like covers for the fermenters and the occasional window coverings. I like the process of sewing. It’s very methodical and requires accuracy and patience.

David White: What’s the oldest bottle in your cellar? The most expensive?
Chris Williams: The oldest bottle in my cellar is a 1976 Hugel Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives given to me by a friend who shares my passion for aromatic whites. I plan to drink it with her soon. I don’t have too many old bottles in my cellar because I can always find reasons to drink them.

David White: What’s your favorite wine region in the world — other than your own?
Chris Williams: I would have to say Alsace. I really appreciate the Alsatian history of a focus on aromatic white wines and Pinot Noir, cultivated in a patchwork of soils and interesting terroirs.

Chris Williams is the winemaker at Brooks Winery in Amity, Oregon. Get to know him better; read more from the Terroirist Interview with Chris Williams.

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