Mori - Polsa 20.6km ITTFrom the Garibaldi:
Time trial almost entirely uphill. Stage start at the Velodromo in Mori, with a half-circuit of the warm-up track before exiting towards the town centre. The climb starts 19 km from the finish line. It can be divided into three parts: first, as far as the Brento, constantly climbing at about 6% (wide road with excellent surface), short and shallow descent to the town centre (split time point). After the descent, a section of false flat for about 3 km before the final 7 km of contant climbing at 7-8%.
Well, that does not look like a lot of fun. After my truly terrible showing in yesterday's Stage Predictor Game and Taylor Phinney's exit from the race, today I am picking: Evans, Nibali, Gesink and Uran. The real question of the day, I suppose, is whether or not anyone can make up any time to Nibali, heading into the weekends (threatened by weather) high mountain stages. Given how well he has been riding, it seems unlikely, but it would make the next few days a bit more fun.
Heinrich Mayr Nusserhof Lagrein Riserva 2006 $34.00 from Biondivino
From the importer Louis/Dressner:
The Nusserhof estate lies directly beside the Isarco River facing south, practically in the center of the city of Bolzano. The Bolzano Valley Basin enjoys a fantastically warm climate and the deep alluvial soils are rich in eroded porphyry. It’s a perfect place to ripen grapes for a northern Italian climate.
Elda & Heinrich Mayr are the latest generation of their family to work this land where the records date back to at least 1788. The Nusserhof gets its name from the walnut trees that once lined the house on the river side. Not so long ago they were torn out to put in a municipal bike path. This is typical of the recent history of Nusserhof. As the years have gone by, the urban environs of the city of Bolzano have more and more encroached the estate. And the city has systematically made it harder and harder for the Mayrs to continue their farming. In fact, it is believed that the only reason the estate is in existence is due to the fact that one of Heinrich’s relatives was an early opponent of the Nazi occupation and died as a Catholic martyr and conscientious objecter in a concentration camp.
On their estate of 2.5 hectares, the Mayrs cultivate Lagrein and Blatterle, two native grapes of the region. There is also a tiny bit of Teroldego. The vines are about 50% in guyot trellising and about 50% in pergola. The viticulture is organic, certified by the German agency Bioland.
Lagrein is a much older native grape, dating back at least 600 years. Heinrich’s Riservas are made with an idea to preserve the full-bodied, freshly aromatic woodland berry character of the grape. He does not use any barriques and the wine is bottled a year or so after the harvest and then aged in bottle before release. DOC law allows for a Riserva to be sold 3 years after the harvest at the earliest. It is a deliciously round wine that is served well by decanting for aeration. From older vintages we have tasted at the Nusserhof cellar, the wines age brilliantly.
I say: Pairing with some sliced roast beef from 4505 Meats. Rich and intense, but not heavy. Pepper, balsamic, dark berries, earth and some herbal notes.
For more about the wines of Alto Adige, I recommend this article from the SF Chronicle by Wolfgang Weber.