2008 Skouras "Megas Oenos" Peloponnese
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 'Megas Oenos' is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and old vines Agiorgitiko (80%) aged in French oak for 20 months. Quite tinged by oak in its youth, this elegant wine is still well-structured, showing both the backbone to age and acidity necessary to lift the fruit. The mid-palate is not terribly concentrated, but the wine should come around well, with some potential for improvement in the cellar. A little hard edged at the moment, it could use a bit of time to settle down, even if approachable now. As time went on, it evolved beautifully, becoming a bit more austere, absorbing some oak and showing quite beautifully. Drink 2013-2020.
80% Agiorgitiko (St. George), 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The color is very deep and intense purple. In the nose it is dense, concentrated and complicated. Shows nice and elegant. Aromas of ripe fruit such as blackberries and raspberries are coupled with a spicy characteristic, smoke and a touch of leather that all fill the nose. In the mouth it is silky but powerful, framed by delicate tannins and gentle acidity and offering flavors of ripe fruits, cloves, black pepper and just a touch of herbs.The aftertaste has extended length and a great complexity. Fermented and macerated in stainless steel vats. Full malolactic fermentation in oak and maturation in new French barriques for 18 months and six months in bottle. Extract and understated power, together with finesse and complexity of texture on the palate.