2016 Skouras Moscofilero Péloponnèse

SKU #1303722 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Moscofilero, Skouras' fine-value regular Moschofilero (in a more typical transliteration), is from a vintage that George Skouras said was "Just fantastic! The year had some damages from hail, but our vineyards did not get touched thankfully. We did a very good selection on the sorting table and we believe it’s one of our best years." Getting to taste young Skouras Moscho is one of my treats in the new season. They are always aromatic and lovely in general, but when they are in bottle just a couple of months, they are simply invigorating aromatically. One of the fine bargains in the region, this is in great form so far this year. After the aromatic assault, it shows off subtle, but still remarkable concentration in flavor. Skouras' style never leans to rich and big, so don't misunderstand. Yet, as the fruit dribbles over the palate, nicely supported by the wine's structure and freshness, it seems like the essence of the grape. Then, the power takes over. Some six hours later, this is crisp, focused and intense, with a steely finish. It is all about the structure and the tension, but it is in perfect balance. It tastes great, too. It is completely transparent. If you like fresh, crisp, young whites, then this is a beauty. This is obviously very young and it needs to settle down, but it looks like a fine vintage. The only question so far is whether it will improve or not; with a few more months in bottle, they typically do. It's worth leaning up just now. (MS)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

Domaine Skouras was established in 1986 by George Skouras upon returning home from his winemaking studies abroad. Training in Dijon, George felt he could bring modern winemaking to his home region of Nemea and quickly established himself as one of Greece's top winemakers. The Moscofilero is a traditional grape from the region with gorgeous floral and tropical aromas. Similar to a dry Viognier from France in its aromatics, it has a little more nerve and acidity to keep it from feeling too heavy or overt. An absolute delight as an aperitif or with some simply grilled fish plucked straight from the Mediterranean. (Keith Mabry, K&L Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2017 | Send Email
A bouquet of flowers in the glass!!! That is the first association that comes to my mind that I smell this wine. Indigenous grape of Greece, Moschofilero has always been one of my favorites. I love the combination of bright floral notes and zippy acidity with lovely white peach undertones and hint of exotic fruit. If you enjoy mineral Chablis, definitely give this wine a try; if you love aromatic Viognier, give this Moschofilero a go; if you love Sauvignon Blanc, but want to try something else, try this crisp Greek wine, because it combines all these features -- minerality, acidity and beautiful white flower aromas.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
I don't have much experience with Greek wines, but after tasting this Moscofilero I will definitely start drinking more! With the first sniff, I was hooked. The nose is full of floral and stone fruit notes while the palate was nicely structured with acid and finished dry and minerally. At an affordable price, this wine will be making its way into my fridge.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2017 | Send Email
Moscofilero is one of the classic and great white grapes of Greece and Skouras is a master working with this grape. The 2016 has pronounced beautiful and inviting floral aromatics. In the mouth it is medium bodied with stone fruit flavors and is soft, round and dry. It has a nice subtle crisp finish which gives balance. Skouras Moscofilero is easy enough to drink alone but will go well with lighter foods. Simply put, this is a tasty wine.

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2017 | Send Email
Having never tried this varietal, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What a pleasant surprise! Bright stone fruit scents of yellow plums and ripe peaches were the first notes I got out of the glass. This wine is aromatic, refreshing and just plain delicious. The varietal is Moscofilero, and it come from the Peloponnese peninsula in one of Greece's most historic wine regions, untouched by phylloxera. The producer, George Skouras, a Burgundy trained winemaker for the past fifteen years has brought his expertise to Greece and is bringing his estate to the forefront of Greek winemaking. There's some really intersting complexity, with a floral note of orange blossoms and something savory to round out this charming little discovery. Perfectly enjoyable on it's own, but would also pair well with a wide range of lighter fare. Think mediteranean when pairing with food...

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
I visited the Skouras property a few years ago and it was incredible to see the strides that proprietor George Skouras was making as both an oenologist and ambassador for Greek wines. Being one of the first generation of winemakers to study abroad and then bring his knowledge home, George dazzles with his vibrant personality and limitless wine knowledge. Skouras has done amazing things with red wines, playing with classic indigenous varieties like Agiorgitiko as well as tweaking the international grapes like Cabernet and Merlot into something wholly Greek in their character. George was the first person to make a "Super Greek" wine when he blended Cabernet and Agiorgitiko in his now titular, Megas Oenos cuvee. Our first encounter was a dinner with a group of buyers and sommeliers at a beach side restaurant outside of his home village of Argos, near Nafplion. He started us with an aperitif of his Moscofilero with some mezza of lightly fried fish, olives and dolmas. The grape itself is actually rose colored like a Pinot Gris but produces a white wine with much more aromatic punch like a Muscat or Viognier. It was an exceptional way to refresh the palate and begin the evening. We recently received the newest vintage of the 2016 which immediately brought me back to that evening with the water lapping at the sand on the beach, laughter of my wine geek friends in the air and servers sneaking off to watch bits and pieces of an important football (soccer) game on television. All the floral punch is there but the beautiful thread of lemony acidity keeps the wine from becoming heavy or overwhelming. With its crispness and expressive nature, this white, much like George Skouras himself, is the perfect ambassador to the Greek wine experience whether you sip it on a beach, serve it at a garden party with little nibbles or drink it while watching baseball or soccer on TV.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
I love wines made from indigenous Greek varietals especially when producers like Georges Skouras take care and attention to work with these varietals and develop their complexity. The Skouras is an incredible example of how the best Moscofilero can be delicate and ethereal, while still having loads of personality. This wine is aromatic, with notes of rose petal and flint jumping from the glass. Flavors of lychee, nectarine and sea salt are backed by a core of slate-like minerality. The aromas and flavors of this wine are perfect for outdoor occasions. Whether it's the park, by the sea or the back patio, this bottle pairs perfectly with good weather and great company.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2017 | Send Email
"Holy cow, this smells awesome!" --Me. And it does. The best part: tastes just as good. The aromas jump out of the glass like a freshly opened bag of candy peach rings. Delicate on the palate, yet acidic and structured.

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