Stage win: Alessandro Petacchi
Pink: Mark Cavendish
Alba to Parma. A long, clearly doomed one man break. A short, also doomed, escape after the bunch came back together. Hands flung in anger. It must be our first sprinting stage. Indeed, Alessandro Petacch won his 22nd career stage of the Giro d'Italia in the longest stage of this year's race. The stage ended in a long, flat, straight run-in to Alba with Petacchi beating Mark Cavendish by a tire width. Cavendish complained that Petacchi illegally veered off his line to interfere with his sprint, but there was no official action taken.
Btw, if you are a cycling fan on twitter, I suggest following both @MarkCavendish and @Mark_Renshaw for an insider's view of the art of sprinting.
Region: Emilia Romagna
Wine: Camillo Donati Malvasia $20.00
Importer's note: The Donati estate is a family estate started in 1930. They cultivate 11 ha of vines (7 of which they own as Tenuta S. Andrea and 4 which are leased at Tenuta Bottazza) using organic and biodynamic practices They are about 20 km away from Parma in the hillside at an altitude of around 250 m with an eastern exposition.
All the grapes, including the white, are fermented like red wines (with skin contact), without temperature control, and use no other controls or enhancers at fermentation, no fining, no acidification or de-acidification, no selected yeasts, etc.The carbonation of these frizzante wines comes from the traditional method of refermentation in bottle, a method that does not require preservatives and which makes this wine, unlike those produced in charmat method, age better. The wines are not filtered and are topped with a crown cap (a traditional closure for some decades in this region).
I say: Frizzante for Mother's Day! Orange, dry, beer-y. Herbs, honey yeast and tannins.