Zoe Rosé by Domaine Skouras, a winery in the region of Peloponnese in Greece, has been included in the “Why You Should Change Your Rosé Outlook” feature at Forbes magazine. According to the prestigious publication, rosé is the fastest growing wine category of the last few years, while rosé sales have been nothing short of meteoric: In January 2020, Nielsen Corp., a data and marketing research firm, reported retail sales of more than $576 million—a 281% increase from 2016.
The article also includes comments from Harmon Skurnik, co-founder and president of Skurnik Wines, an importer based in New York, who states that “When Americans think of dry rosé, their hearts still lead them to the ancestral home of Provence and for good reason – they’ve been [drinking] it there for decades.”
He, however, discloses that that’s no longer the case as many rosés around the world can equal those from the French region of Provence. “In the past 10 years, excellent rosé—many in the Provence style—have sprouted up around the globe, from neighboring countries like Italy and Spain and less obvious places like Hungary, Greece, New York, California and Australia,” Skurnik says.
To wit, Mr Skurnik includes a list of six rosé wines with excellent characteristics. Those are:
- Australia, Cape Mentelle (Margaret River)
- Austria, Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg “Cistercien” Rosé, Gobelsburg 2019 (Niederösterreich)
- Germany, Kruger-Rumpf Pinot Noir Rose Trocken, 2019, Spatburgunder trocken VDP (Nahe)
- Greece, Skouras “Zoe” Rosé, Peloponnese PGI (Nemea)
- Mexico, Bichi “Rosa” (Tecate)
About Skouras Zoe Rosé
The grape names might not roll off the tongue but this wine is easy enough on your palate, thanks to the expertise of Burgundy-trained winemaker George Skouras. A blend of two of Greece’s most well-known grapes, the full-bodied red Agiorgitiko (70%) and the pink-skinned Moscofilero (30%). High-altitude vineyards account for the fresh acid streak (Moscofilero is not usually known for its acidity). The color is bright, light cerise with pink hues. Vibrant and clear on the nose, with aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries, hints of flowers, and rose petal notes. On the palate it has a medium body, moderately high acidity and the slightest suggestion of very ripe tannins. Flavors of strawberry jam, tart red and black cherries and raspberries reminiscent of hard candy. The finish is moderately long, with developing flavors that lead to complexity.