100% Moschofilero from Mantinia, Greece.
SRP of $17 and available at that price. Sample received courtesy New Wines of Greece for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“A pleasantly aromatic dry white wine from the mountainous region of Mantinia in southern Greece. Elegant and youthful, with fruity aromas and flavors, this is a wine to drink now. Made entirely from the local grape variety Moschofilero.
Today’s wine comes from the Moschofilero grape, a traditional Greek variety that is grown all over Greece and can have characteristics similar to everyone’s favorite grape of the moment, muscat (moscato). Astute readers will notice that I used similar headline when I reviewed a wine made from Macabeo, another under-appreciated, yet delicious grape variety from Spain. (Bodegas La Purisima Capa Rota Macabeo 2010 – More Macabeo Please.) While these two grapes hail from different regions, they present a similar situation of a simply delicious white variety that you don’t find much in the U.S, and that’s a shame.
The 2010 Mantinia Tselepos Moschofilero begins with a very nice lightly sweet fruit and floral aroma featuring pear, peach and a little honey. This medium-bodied wine tastes excellent with a good lively acidity and a nice rich mouthfeel. Pear, lemon, lime and grapefruit are the primary flavors when tasting. It ends dry and clean with the fruit turning a bit sour. Overall quite a satisfying wine, but one that also cries out for the right food pairing (fish, lemon chicken, or something along those lines would be excellent.)
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Overall Rating: 7.0
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