Domaine Foivos Cephalonia Robola 2015
The 2015 Robola "Black Label" is an unoaked press wine Robola sourced from 20-year-old vines. Fresh and stony, this doesn't quite have the depth of the winery's Barcarola Robola, also reviewed, but it has broader, earthier flavors and it is more open. That doesn't mean it is fully ready, though. It is a bit brooding, very dry, showing off some stones and earth. It doesn't provide those big bursts of acidity that can make a wine lively and dance across the tongue--it plays down the zing and the zest we see in some other iterations. Rather, it is concentrated and broadly flavored, a classic in very dry, rounded Robola. At a minimum, it could use a few months to settle down and unwind. Showing excellent depth for the level, this should eventually come into good form and show beautifully. It should be fine by the time summer gets here. I personally preferred the Barcarola's style for its sunnier personality and more lifted fruit, but style preferences might differ and there is a considerable price difference. This is a good value.