11 January 2008

2005 Μπουτάρη Μοσχοφίλερο

Greek wines are growing in popularity, and I'm looking forward to an all-Greek tasting sometime in the next couple of years, much in the way that Spanish wines are plentiful and affordable today. For $15, I got a fairly well-known Greek wine, the 2005 Boutari Moschofilero. It's made from the Moschofilero grape in the Mantinea area of the Peloponnesian peninsula. The bottle comes from a town between the historical cities of Sparta and Corinth. Probably not the same style of wine swilled by Spartan soldiers on the way to the Battle of Thermopylae, but a feller can dream.

Big lime aroma with an underlying muskiness that's entrancing. After a glass or two has been poured, a beautiful floral component emerges. Dry, with citrus flavors but relatively mellow. I drank the wine with some take-out sushi, but something about the flavors made me crave Thai dishes (with lots of basil) more than seafood or even Greek cuisine.


fredric koeppel said...

i like this wine. it's a good deal.

Tinsie said...

Moschofilero is one of my all time favourite wines. In fact, I'm drinking it this very moment :-)