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. (MS)
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