2018 Skouras Moscofilero Péloponnèse Greece

SKU #1416410 92 points Wine & Spirits

 This is a smooth, elegant moschofilero, the variety’s floral notes channeled along a satin flow of limey fruit flavor. It lasts, a little spicy, a little herbal, but mostly all of one seamless piece, ready to elevate a grilled fish.  (8/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2018 Moscofilero (as Skouras spells it) comes in with four grams of residual sugar, 6.6 grams of total acidity and 12% alcohol. George Skouras called this a rainy vintage (which he sought to combat in various ways described in the producer note this issue), but this is a pretty good result. In fact, you might want to buy a lot to drink over the next couple of years. They say fine wineries show their stuff in tough years. I guess Skouras is pretty good. (MS)  (4/2019)

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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By: Mandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2019 | Send Email
Moschofilero is an aromatic white grape of Greek origin with a pink/purple skin, quite spicy flavor, and good acidity. This wine offers opulent aromas of honeysuckle and wild jasmine. It is light, with vigorous acidity. Long finish, great balance, a touch of lime, and a gentle zest will make this interesting Greek white a delightful addition to dress up your seafood dishes or Mediterranean salads with Kalamata olives and feta cheese.

By: Shelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2019 | Send Email
This wine makes me want to go out to the farmers market, get a bunch of fresh produce, and make a nice fresh veggie dinner. The wine has an incredible floral and savory rosemary component that is married by a kiss of salinity. So crisp and refreshing, I feel I could spend a whole lazy afternoon outdoors with it. I think I found my next picnic companion.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2019 | Send Email
Clear as glass, this shows melon, mint, and faint creamy notes along with more forward touches of stone fruit. The body of this wine is medium weight with just a subtle hint of sweetness. The acid here is fierce, but I don’t mind it all--actually, I think it’s perfect. This wine is so in my wheelhouse its crazy. I want this with cheese. I want this with pizza. I want this with everything.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2019 | Send Email
I have yet to go to Greece, but I feel like the aromas in this glass bring me that much closer! Burst of white flowers, honeysuckle, and hint of sea salt lead me to the cobalt sea. Ample amount of palate weight and oily texture which will pair perfectly, as I wait for the fisherman to bring in the days catch. As I light up the BBQ I have almost gone through the whole bottle. Luckily, I have more on reserve. This is one of those wines that, with or without food, it is such an easy drinker. However, as I pop that first piece of octopus into my mouth, I know I have reached Mount Olympus. "Where there is no wine there is no love" - Euripides.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | 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 2018 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.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
I think I found my favorite white wine for the summer, and it's not from France, or California. It's from Greece. I got to be real, this wine kicks ass! 15 dollar price point, fantastic tropical nose, bright, floral and super aromatic. The Skouras has everything I want in a white wine and more!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this is wildly aromatic, but not in a fruity sense, it is more white flower, quince compote, with more savory leanings, I love it. On the palate a true saline character is the initial bracing then a medium body with lively acidity takes over with more stone fruit character. A solid, weighty feel gives the wine a supple roundness, but it’s still pierced by lively, refreshing acidity. I really like this wine and can see it being an excellent aperitif or for vegetable dishes or even linguini with clams, you should try it.

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