2012 Skouras Moscofilero Péloponnèse
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Moscofilero, at 12.5% alcohol, is ripe and fruity this year, showing fine solidity and very tasty fruit. It is richer and more exuberant than last year’s version, but it still tastes of tank and purity. It is quite delicious. In its youth, it needed some air to show its best. After an hour or so of aeration, when it fleshed out in the glass, it became more intense and it proved that there was indeed enough underlying acidity and minerality to cut through the baby fat and remind me that this was in fact Moschofilero. This vintage is never going to be viewed as one on the 'structured' side of the equation for Moschofilero. With this bottling (less so the Salto, its sibling also reviewed this issue), it leans more to 'sex appeal,' not something I often say with this grape. Stylistic preferences aside, it worked well. George Skouras, calling it 'an absolutely exceptional and unusual year for Moscofilero.' This should hold a few years, but it will always be great when young and fresh. Drink now to 2016.
Wine & Spirits
True to the vintage, this is rich and full, yet it retains the delicacy common to the grape, here coming across in the wine’s rosewater and almond blossom notes. It’s succulent, too, with crisp green-grape flavor and vibrant acidity. Though this is sourced from vineyards in Mantinia, it’s vinified in Nemea, and so it is not allowed to use the Mantinia PDO.
Pure, with spiced peach, gooseberry, wild cherry and McIntosh apple flavors that are crunchy and concentrated. Exhibits bracing acidity on the finish, featuring loads of spice and melon notes, showing an accent of smoke. Drink now through 2016.