Domaine Skouras Moscofilero 2016
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 25094
Wine Advocate 92
"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."
George Skouras is one of the producers who served me up some older Moschofileros in my quest to come to grips with how long they can be kept. 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 fattest, but it has fine purity of fruit when well made. The vertical here was a lot of fun. Apart from the scores and notes, conclusions are drawn in the accompanying article. One point to make here–the consistency of the Moschofilero bottlings. Even in difficult years, they stay true to form and generally age well. Remember, though, that the provenance here was perfect–pulled directly from the winery's cella
“Mosco” means “aromatic”, “filero” means “leaf”. This wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel.
The 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 ageing over fine lees. Flowery, crisp acidity, intense on aromas and flavours." ~ Winery notes
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