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Skouras Moscofilero


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Skouras Moscofilero: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Skouras Moscofilero

George Skouras's eponymous winery was founded in 1986, and, unsurprisingly, focuses on Greek varietals. This wine is their monovarietal Moscofilero bottling (they also do some blends using Moscofilero). Note, incidentally, that the grape (and wine) are also commonly spelled "Moschofilero", and, less commonly, "Moscophilero" or "Moschophilero"; Skouras opts for the simplest form.

Skouras Moscofilero is quite widely available at retail, with bottle prices running from about $12 up to $20, and averaging $15.


Skouras Moscofilero: Tasting Impressions

Skouras seems to be the consensus choice of critics for Moscofilero, and in our (limited) experience that seems a valid judgement. We notice that while the spectrum of posters on CellarTracker rate the wine as what we interpret as somewhat above average, the professional critics are rather gushier in their praise. Our own experience was more in line with the CellarTracker posters: a good, pleasing wine, but not something you send telegrams home about.

Possibly the best part of the drinking experience was a mild orange quality that sort of played peekaboo, now noticeable, now faint to vanishing—and not a simple progression either way as we went through the bottle, but rather a continuing oscillation. Beyond that was a medium to light body with acceptable but not dominant acidity and, in both nose and taste, general floral notes.

We seem often to find in whites rather less than professional reviewers, and we sometimes wonder if the bottles one gets at retail (and this is not associated with any particular retailer) have really received optimum storage; with light or delicate whites, a dose of undue warmth in storage (just to mention one possible issue) can materially diminish quality. That sort of possibility is especially worrisome if the vintage is not the very latest year but is, as it so often is with retail offerings, one year back. Nonetheless, all we can do is report what we experienced. Perhaps another bottle some time will be different (and if it is, we will update these notes).

Summing up, though this is terribly cliché, sipping this wine makes one feel one should be sitting outdoors on a sunny afternoon at a white-painted wrought-iron café table overlooking the Mediterranean, with just enough soft breeze to keep one comfortable as one enjoys the wine and life in general. Obviously, recommended.


OK, this is the update. Holy Bottle Variation, Batman! The last couple of bottles have well lived up to the reviewers' hype. Our that-evening notes read: "Very reminescent of a Gros Manseng or even a Sauvignon Blanc, well flavored, nicely balanced, some complexity, a modest minerality, and a wonderful overall impression." We also got that desireable little hint of a sea-water tang that one hopes for in Atlantic-coast white wines. Now highly recommended.


Skouras Moscofilero: Other Opinions

On CellarTracker.

On Wine Searcher's Tasting Notes page.

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