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The Moschofilero Grape


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About Moschofilero

(Synonyms: Fileri, Fileri Mantinelas, Moschophilero, Moscofilero, Moscophilero.)

Background

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Moschofilero is a white-wine grape originating in central Greece. (Its name being, like all Greek names in English, a transliteration from the Greek alphabet—Μοσχοφίλερο—there are various spellings current, as you can see in the Synonyms list above.)

Moschofilero wines come in two styles, depending largely on which area they were grown in. While almost all preferred bottlings come from grapes grown at the high altitudes (c. 2,200 feet average) of the Mantinia Plateau (also spelled Mantineia) in Arcadia, there is a distinction—though not a bright-line one—between grapes grown in the foothills and those grown on the plateau proper: foothills grapes tend to show higher acidity, crispness and citrus notes typify, while plateau-grown grapes tend to a more floral, aromatic style.

But, broadly speaking, Moschofilero wines are characterized by a profound set of aromas (floral, with rose most often mentioned), high acidity, and low alcohol. The wines are not typically oaked; whether oaking augments their character or conceals it is one of those sempiternal questions with no objective answer. They can, when well grown and vinified (and if the weather co-operates in a given year) make truly great world-class wines (and at their weakest are still usually pleasant and interesting).

Factoid: A 2012 Moschofilero was selected as one of the ten best wines in the world by wine journalists from the biggest newspapers in the U.S. that include pages on wine and taste; it got the maximum three stars. (It is not on our lists below, despite a modest price, because it is virtually unavailable in the U.S., at least per the wine search engines.)

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Some Descriptions of Moschofilero Wines

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Some Moschofileros to Try

(About this list.)

Nasiakos Mantinia Moschofilero
(Do not confues this wine with Seméli’s “Nasiakos” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker seems to have confused this wine from M & L Nasiakos with the wine from Seméli.)
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Seméli Mantinia Moschofilero
(Do not confuse this bottling with either their “Nasiakos” bottling or their “Thea” bottling, though those are also good.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Fteri Moschofilero
(From the Peloponnese region.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Tselepos “Classic” Mantinia Moschofilero
(This is their “Classic”, not their “Barrique” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Skouras Moscofilero
(From the Peloponnese region.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Moschofilero wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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