Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wines of the Giro Stage 18: Bressan Rosantico
 San Vito di Cadore to Vedalgo
Stage type: Flat
Length of the course: 149 KM

And we are sprinting again which seems kind of odd in the last few days of a Grand Tour. Was this stage designed to keep the sprinters from heading home early? If so, it failed as very few remain. Or perhaps it is another riding rest day for the GC contenders before things head back up into the mountains?  
Either way, the main question today: Can Mark Cavendish win the stage and with it enough points to possibly keep the red (points) jersey at the end of the race. Otherwise, his decision to stay in the race rather than abandon to train for the Tour and the Olympics will be even more questioned. It even came up during the Eurosport broadcast. Let us just say that Sky wanted the points for Cavendish enough to chase down the break for intermediate sprint points rather than letting them hang out a few minutes for the day.
Pert twitter:
TeamSky 6:22am via Web
The gap to the break has plummeted at the #Giro with @TeamSky massed on the front. There's an intermediate sprint coming up. Cav wants it!

Sure enough, Cav took the points easily. It made a possibly dull stage a bit more exciting than one would have thought. Then it was time to see what new break would form and whether or not Sky could keep control to ensure a sprint finish.And they did. But Cav did not take the stage. My cursing as I watched on our walk to school even cost me a dollar in "bad language" fine. Not a happy stage for me or Sky.

Stage: Andrea Guardini
Maglia Rosa:
GC: unchanged

Wine: Bressan Rosantico
From the importer:
Region: Venezia Giulia IGP, Farra d'Isonzo (GO), Friuli, Italy

From a vineyard of  2.3 acres a mere 2000 bottles of this incredible rose' of Moscato Rosa dry are produced.   Grown and harvested from mass selected vines that Bressan brought back to life, this is the only of their wines that doesn’t see any oak just stainless steel, concrete and of course  indigenous yeast and long stirring on fine lees.  A symphony of rose scents comes out from the glass yet in the mouth is warmth, elegance with notes of rose petals bergamot Indian spices and linden tree.

I'd suggest taking a look at this post on Dobianchi. 

I say:K saw me pour this wine and said "That rosé is orange and not pink." I don't know if I would go that far, but there is a rather salmon tint. My first moscato rosé. Having had a moscato recently, the nose was familiar: bold and floral. On the palate it is dry, with a lot of body. It is a wine that asked for focus and attention and got it. Another one that I would like to revisit.

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