Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wines of the Giro Stage 10 Civitavecchia to Assisi

Civitavecchia to Assisi
  • Stage type: Medium mountain
  • Length of the course: 186 KM
Once again from Cycling Weekly:
The undulating terrain on stage 10 is going to set up a tiring day for the riders as the 2012 Giro hits the half-way point. There are hills aplenty throughout the 186km, but it's the final five kilometres that will provide the fireworks. Just about everything will be thrown at the riders before they hit the finish line in Assisi: tight corners, a steep 15 per cent gradient and even a short stretch of cobbles.
This is attackers territory. Any escape group will be likely be whittled down to just the few strongest men at this point, and the overall contenders will be keeping a sharp eye on each other up the short final climbs.

Just saw a video of the finish today of @giroditalia in #Assisi. Oh my, I think it could well be the most beautiful place in Italy!

Cue the doomed break again. Beyond that, for most of the stage the scenery was more interesting than the race. One sensed that the pelotonwas focused on the finish and conserving energy until then. I was particularly delighted by the timing of the race today, as the finish came just seconds before my J was descending underground. To the surprise of really not anyone at all, Joaquim Rodriguez took the stage and also claimed the pink jersey as overall leader after an exciting climax to the afternoon's racing in Assissi.

Stage: Joaquim Rodriguez
Maglia rosa:Joaquim Rodriguez
General classification: 
1  RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA)       40:27:34
2  HESJEDAL, Ryder (GARMIN-BARRACUDA)          + 0:17
3  TIRALONGO, Paolo (ASTANA)                   + 0:32
4  KREUZIGER, Roman (ASTANA)                   + 0:52
6  BASSO, Ivan (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE)           + 0:57
7  CARUSO, Damiano (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE)       + 1:02


Wine: Paolo Bea Umbria Rosso Vigna San Valentino 07 from Biondivino

From the producer:
As a child, I learned this craft from my father.
Our history and tradition is the source of our knowledge and inspiration.

Today, my family is here with me, all working together.
Our roots in Montefalco trace back to the 1500's, as documents in the village archives attest to.
Through passion sustained and Encouraged by my sons, Giuseppe and Giampiero, And Also by the irreplaceable presence of Marina, my wife and mother of my children, our family has to appreciate how to Each Other in  Profound ways, Each day relishing the fruits of our labor at our table.

With Each passing year, I better Understand our land, Respecting and caring for it ...
and at the end of Each year extract from it a wine Which is totally unique, Continually Developing, Improving, and sustaining our health.
With an ever growing conviction, we practice, discover, and appreciate natural winemaking methods That exclude the use of chemicals in the vineyard and artificial stabilizing techniques in the winery.

Each season is a new discovery, a chance to apply and evaluate knowledge we have Gained in previous years.

From the importer:
References in the archives of Montefalco, the beautiful hill town in Umbria, document the presence of the Bea family in this locality as early as 1500. This tiny estate is the classic Italian fattoria, producing wine, raising farm animals for trade and home consumption and working the land to produce olives, fruits and vegetables. To this day, the Bea family raises and produces much of what they consume on a daily basis. Paolo Bea, the senior member of the family, is the guiding force behind the production of this series of intense and idiosyncratic wines. He is assisted by his two sons, Giuseppe, who farms the vineyards, and Giampiero, who assists in the vinification and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the winery.

The entire property encompasses 15 hectares: 5 of which are dedicated to the vineyards, 2 to olives, and the remainder to the fruits, vegetables and grains that are grown.  Sagrantino is the predominant grape, covering 60% of the vineyard surface. The remaining 40% is planted to Sangiovese and Montepulciano, with a small parcel planted to several white varieties. The vineyards are cultivated organically, all grapes are harvested manually and all wines are bottled without fining or filtration. 

I say:   Apparently we have reached the Bea section of the Giro. Another pretty wine. Flowers and black cherries with good acidity. Earthy with lots of tannins, let this one breathe a bit and be aware that there will be sediment.

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