Skouras Moscofilero 2016


SKU 03172


Skouras Winery was founded in 1986 in Pyrgela, Argos, by Dijon-trained oenologist George Skouras. Working  with both indigenous varieties as well as international varieties, Skouras started producing very high quality Greek wines in the late 1980’s. The first bottling of the Megas Oenos, his flagship wine launched in 1988 was the first wine in Greece to blend Aghiorghitiko with Cabernet Sauvignon. Nemea has been regarded as a great winemaking region since the time of the ancient Greeks; Homer called this region Ampeloessa which literally means “Full of vines”. Recent archeological excavations have revealed winemaking being done here over 3500 years ago.

Skouras Winery sources grapes from its own vineyards and from dedicated grape-growers in the region and is today at the forefront of Greek estates. Demand for these terroir-driven and estate-bottled wines is strong in both Greece and around the world. This Moscofilero comes from 25 year old vineyards planted in sandy soils at 750 meters above sea level. Fermented in stainless steel vats. Short skin contact, no malolactic fermentation and short aging over fine lees.

Mark Squires from Wine Advocate says: ‘I confess to being a sucker for Moschofilero, a grape that reminds a bit of Loureiro in Portugal. It will never be the biggest or the fattest, but it has fine purity of fruit when well made.’ Look for perky notes of lemon, mineral, orange blossom, white flower, honey and spices. This is clean and refreshing with crisp acidity, and great intensity on aromas and flavors. Pair with all kinds of seafood with lemon/lime, seafood salad, ceviche, gazpacho, salted fishes (cod/white anchovy/sardine), goat and sheep's cheeses and green olives.
Category White Wine
Country Greece
Region Peloponissos
Brand Skouras
Alcohol/vol 12%
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Wine AdvocateThe 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.

Mark Squires, April 28, 2017