Through his work with Benanti and others, Mr. Foti is spreading the gospel of carricante. One convert is Kevin Harvey of Rhys Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Around 10 years ago, while traveling in Italy, he tasted the 2001 Pietra Marina.
“The lights went on for me,” he said. “It had all the aspects of a truly great white wine: ageworthiness, complexity, completeness. I think carricante is one of the world’s great white wine grapes.”
Never one not to act on his wine intuitions, Mr. Harvey tracked down Mr. Foti and eventually became a partner in buying and planting the Aeris vineyard. Early bottlings of Aeris show great promise. Full production under the Aeris label should begin next year, Mr. Harvey said.