2004 Gentilini (producer) Robola (grape)
Cephalonia, Greece $17
Per the label, Robola is an increasingly rare, ungrafted, noble varietal that is best grown on the steep slopes of Cephalonia's imposing Mount Alinos. We vinify the grapes with care to create an elegant, pefectly balanced win that is crisp and fresh with deliciously ripe citrust aromas and mineral notes. It is a perfect partner for fish and shellfish. Best drunk gently chilled.
I ordered this after reading Tom Hill's praise for the 2003. I sense he wouldn't be quite as keen about the 04, which I would guess is a riper wine. Unusual gold color--looks like a mature wine in fact. Interesting flavors of citrus fruit, melon, green figs and raw blanched almonds with a mild undertone of limestone. The acidity's acceptable but more would have brightened up the minerality and carried the slight RS in the finish. Still an interesting wine, but would have made a better partner for cheese than king crab legs I served it with.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov