From the Garibaldi:
Completely flat stage across the plains to the final circuit, to be ridden 7 times.
Final 4.2 km circuit with no real difficulties, to be ridden 7 times. The circuit unfolds along the city’s avenues and in part in the old town with a number of demanding turns and slgihtly narrower sections. Finish line after a 500 m straight. Road width 8 m, surfaced in asphalt.
A sprint stage to finish the race. The day will end in a victory for Vincenzo Nibali, who may not have even looked flustered once during the race. He was consistently dominant and a well-deserving winner.
Many expect that it will end in a win for Mark Cavendish and enough points to win the red/ponts jersey for the race. As I mentioned before, he lost the competition last year by a single point. If he wins the jersey today, he will have won the points jersey in all three of the Grand Tours (the Giro, the Tour de France and the Vuelta).
My picks for the day: Cav, Blythe, Nizzolo and Viviani.
Check out this great piece on their Rosso, from Stevie Stacionis on Serious Eats Drinks.
From the producer:
From 4 generations, the Calabretta family has grown grapes according to the century-old traditions of Etna; minimizing vineyard treatments, (only low quantity of “Copper Sulphate” & “Sulphrum”). We make the “green manure”, the “mulch”, “plowing”, “strictly pruning the vines”. Our head pruned vineyards are delineated by volcanic stone walls that crisscross our landscape.
The volcanic soil of our area, combined with the dramatic temperature differential between day and night; the high solar daily yields grapes of singular expression when harvested in the middle of October only perfectly ripe. Our wines’ flavors and aromas are a marvelous expression of this special part of Italy.
Our vineyards have evolved naturally and the vines are intermingled with olive trees and fruit orchards. When in our vineyards, you smell the wild grasses and there is a strong sense of terroir. You can hear the chirping of crickets and the buzzing of bees, wasps & little hornet. Wild rabbits scamper through our vineyards and, occasionally, love to eat the young leaves of the newly planted vines ... but this is nature!
In our vineyards, depending on the season, you can find fichi d’India (prickly pear), sparagogne (a bitter variety of asparagus) and cavolicelli (an indigenous type of rappini) that we harvest for family and friends. At higher elevations, you can find brooms and mountain flowers. And all the time: we protect and maintain the landscape of our dry-set lava stone walls and clear the ancient pathways to our vineyards.
The company's tradition is rooted in this land, in fact, already in the early 1900s we were producing and exporting large quantities of wine. At the same time, the town of Passopisciaro arose to accommodate the many peasants who were arriving en masse looking for work. This lead to the construction of large millstones “palmenti” , and the emergence of many small producers. Today, a century later, Etna is renowned for its wines of character and tradition.
Our enviroment has: • a lot of soils, riches of mineral substance, different lava stones for nature dimension (the Etna “ripiddu”) • black soil (who holds the daily heat for the cold night)• high temperature differencial between night day • hot sun very high luminosity • vineyards altitude from 600 – 1000 m / 650 – 1100 yards • elevate windy to fresh the vines • correct rainfall in some locality
Altitude, wind, microclimate let us use low quantity of “Copper Sulphate” & “Sulphrum”. That’s why we can have a natural organic. This is a privilege of the nature of our zone.
Rosato: rosé wine from young vineyrds in contrada Calderara. Origin from a rigorous “massale” (ancient vinyards) selection of the vines. A big number ungrafted. Ancient traditional fermentation “Pista & Mutta” (to press = pista & to transfer = mutta) without the solid part we have low colour & low tannin. This was the wine of the farmer… he can drink at once ! Fruit, floreal with structure. Dedicated to the ancient ways.
Pink wine from Sicily for the Sicilian winner of this year's Giro, Vincenzo Nibali. it is funny, when the Giro route was announced last fall, I was disappointed that they were not going to Sicily, as I wanted to include this wine. Apparently, it was meant to be.
Dark in color for a rosé, notes of blood orange, berries, herbs and minerals. This is a rosé that makes you stop and think.