01/26/2016

Gentilini Winery & Vineyards

WINE ADVOCATE REVIEWS

2012 Gentilini Eclipse
Gentilini
A Mavrodaphne Dry Red Table wine from
Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece


Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost


eRobertParker.com #212
Apr 2014 Mark Squires 89
Drink: N/A $27 (27)
The 2012 Eclipse is a Mavrodaphne, bottled in December 2013 after aging for 12 months in 50% new oak (half French and half American), 25% in 1-year old oak (half French and half American), and 25% in two-year old French oak. The creamy oak demeanor is front and center on opening, given this wine’s youth, but there is good structure and something underneath cutting through. With time (I gave it a couple hours of air), this evolved beautifully, pulling in the oak, allowing the fruit to rise above it and showing good balance overall. It became quite gracious. The alcohol did burble up here and there, but it was not overly distracting. It did thin a bit in time. There were 5,500 bottles produced.


Importer: Athenee Importers & Distributors LTD., Hempstead, N.Y.; tel: (516) 505-4800


2013 Gentilini Robola
Gentilini
A Robola Dry White Table wine from
Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece


Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost


eRobertParker.com #212
Apr 2014 Mark Squires 91
Drink: 2014 - 2018 $19 (19)
The 2013 Robola is the unoaked version here, just bottled in December 2013. As time goes on, I become more impressed with the consistent excellence with this bottling from Gentilini. Admittedly very young (it was tasted in mid-March), this was quite tense on the lingering finish as it warmed. Nuanced with a touch of dried peach, a bit of pear and melon rind, it displays concentration, flavor and focus. As it warmed, it improved and evolved, demonstrating again why I think this winery has helped to convince people that there should be more Robola in the world. This will not impress with sweetness, ripe fruit, power or weight. It is simply unaffected and unadorned, with fresh, tank-aged purity laced with flavor on the finish. As impressive as it was on first tastes, it showed notably better the next day, even more vibrant and lively. It should hold decently for several years, might go longer, and might even improve with a year or so of cellaring. It is still nice to drink these fresh and young, however, so don’t hesitate to drink it this summer. At the price point, this is one of the nicest bargains in new-release Greek whites this issue. Drink now-2018


Importer: Athenee Importers & Distributors LTD., Hempstead, N.Y.; tel: (516) 505-4800


 


 


2012 Gentilini Robola
Gentilini
A Robola Dry White Table wine from
Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece


Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost


eRobertParker.com #206
Apr 2013 Mark Squires 91
Drink: 2013 - 2016 $25 (25)
The 2012 Robola is a grape not often seen (though I expect that to change), but Gentilini is making a name for itself by championing Robola. Coming in at 13% alcohol, this is a beautiful expression of its terroir and grape, pure, balanced, clean and solid, with persistence on the lingering finish. If it never quite has “wow” of the winery’s Cellar Selection, in its own right it is invariably very fine these days. With 90 minutes of air, it maintained its persistence and grip on the finish. It is focused and tightly wound, another in the line of increasingly consistent and quite interesting wines coming from Gentilini. The longer I spent with this, the more I liked it. Drink now-2016


2011 Gentilini Eclipse
Gentilini
A Mavrodaphne Dry Red Table wine from
Peloponnese, Greece


Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost


eRobertParker.com #206
Apr 2013 Mark Squires 88
Drink: 2013 - 2021 $25 (25)
The 2011 Eclipse is Mavrodaphne from the PGI Slopes of Aenos, aged in a mixture of French and American oak (50% new, the rest used once or twice) for 12 months. This is a pretty nice version of Eclipse, which, of course, is made from a sometimes difficult grape. The wine still sports high (or if you will, good) acidity, but it has lovely structure and potential, with the oak, fruit and power showing some ability to play well together. Under the sweet oak, there is a notable earthy note underneath as well. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea and it still has some questions to answer in the cellar, but it is a candidate for my favorite Eclipse yet, although it may still have some ways to go to beat the winery’s Robola productions. It should improve in the cellar and still has upside potential. It can be approached now, but you’d be better off waiting until next year, at least. Drink now-2021.


Aspro
2012 Gentilini Aspro Classic
Gentilini
A Proprietary Blend Dry White Table wine from
Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece


Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost


eRobertParker.com #206
Apr 2013 Mark Squires 88
Drink: 2013 - 2015 $18 (18)
The 2012 Aspro Classic is Gentilini’s popular (if unusual) blend of Tsaoussi (40%), Muscat (30%) and Sauvignon Blanc (30%), from the PGI Slopes of Aenos. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. This is a charming vintage for this bottling. Seeming relatively dense in its youth this year, although still on the lighter side, it has plenty of its typical, crisp notes on the finish. It is, of course, considering the blend, loaded with personality, displaying powerful aromatics and notes of grass. If that is a bit more personality than you want, take note. It is a perfect summer wine, though. This year’s version may last longer in theory, but drink it fresh and young for best results. There were approximately 12,000 bottles produced. Drink now-2015


 


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