2011 Skouras Moscofilero Péloponnèse (Previously $15)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 MOSCOFILERO was rather tightly wound when I first saw it, needing time to come around. Despite having played with it for awhile, I still didn’t see all this had to offer when I first saw it not long after release. On a recent taste a few months back, it had improved to the point of showing its depth and power, especially when held open for a couple of days when it showed better. It is quite persistent for a Moschofilero (remember, Skouras uses an alternative transliteration). Yet, it was, remarkably, still unevolved, still tight, and not yet fully expressive, showing signs that it could improve significantly. I am thinking that this is a Moscho that actually would benefit from being drunk in the summer of 2013, rather than in the summer following its release. If I am wrong and it goes nowhere else, it is and was a very fine value at this price point. Drink now-2015.
*Top 100 Wines of 2012* A rapierlike white, delivering apple, pear and grapefruit flavors flanked by plenty of mineral and slate notes. Ripe orange accents linger as plenty of spicy hints mark the vibrant, long-lasting finish. Drink now through 2018.
A soft lemon note mingles with touches of spice, sea salt and ripe white fruit on the nose of this snappy but sophisticated Moschofilero. Clean, fresh and spicy white-fruit flavors and a pert finish give this wine poise, but there's still enough fruit to add dimension. It’s versatile with food, too.
Wine & Spirits
This is simple and firm, its sweet peach flavors underlined with stony mineral notes. Chill it for beach drinking, with grilled shrimp.
In this wine we have Moschofilero in all its fragrant floral and spicy glory. This most precocious of Greek whites is as wonderful on the patio as it is at the table with simply roasted branzino or grilled octopus salad. Fermented in stainless steel vats. Short skin contact, no malolactic fermentation and short ageing over fine lees. The color is light white-yellow. Opulent aromas of white flowers, light and fresh and honeysuckle are revealed, rounded cut with notes of rose petal and passion fruit. Bright, joyful acidity that is positively refreshing leads on to a surprisingly long finish of orange rind and a whisper of white pepper.