Wine & Soul Vinho Branco Guru 2014 750ml
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Wine & Soul Vinho Branco Guru 2014

Wine & Soul - Douro - Portugal

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Rated 92 by Wine Spectator
Offers a powerful smoky aroma, with impressive concentration to the baked pear, apple tart and crème brûlée flavors. Reveals pastry and buttery notes on the rich, spicy finish, graced by tons of minerality. Drink now through 2022. 50 cases imported.
Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2014 Guru is a roughly equal blend of traditional grapes: Viosinho, Rabigato, Gouveio and Códega do Larinho. It was aged for five months in new French barriques. Sourced from vines at 1,650-1,980 feet, it comes in at just 12.5% alcohol. I've been noting some flinty nuances with a touch of smokiness on this brand of late (which I took to be a bit reductive) and this vintage certainly has that as well. The good news this year is that the fine acidity and freshness take over at times and balance those nuances to some extent. The wine is beautifully structured, with fine grip on the finish to match its concentration and texture. Underneath, it finishes with very tasty fruit. Consequently, this lovely Branco frequently sings, reveling in its sunny demeanor coupled with that fine concentration and a lingering finish. I gave it a couple of extra days in the fridge as an experiment. It seemed to flesh out, put on weight and become rather aggressive, in a good way. In many respects, this is simply exceptional, but admittedly that funk and flaw hadn't gone away even then. It's worth leaning up a bit here, though. It may improve aromatically with time. Even if it doesn't, everything else is very fine.

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Region: Douro

The Douro valley in Portugal has long been one of Europe's most important and unique wine regions, with a history which stretches back over two thousand years to when Pheonician tradesmen and settlers first began planting grapevines in the rich and fertile soil found there. The region itself is something of an ideal location for viticulture, with mineral rich soils and plenty of moisture from the river, alongside long, baking hot summers which help the grapes reach full ripeness. Wineries in the Douro utilize a wide range of grape varietals for their distinctive and characterful wines, including red varietals such as Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Cao, and delightful white varietals such as Gouveio and the increasingly popular Viosinho. However, it is for the fortified wines of Porto which Douro is most famous for, and these are widely considered to be amongst the finest fortified wines in the world.

Country: Portugal

Most of us are quick to associate Portugal primarily with the excellent fortified wines which come out of the Porto area, but there is much more to Portuguese viticulture than just this. Perhaps the most popular still wines the country produces are the varieties from the Vinho Verde region, which uses grapes that do not achieve high doses of sugar, meaning the wines are at their best when young and full of natural, springy fruit flavors The wines of the Douro region have undergone many transformations in their flavor and character over the centuries; once regarded as a bitter wine, the exporters experimented with fortifying the wine with brandy. After several centuries, vintners found a balance in the modern age which is at once reminiscent of Port wine, yet with the structure and character closer to other fine Portuguese wines. Thanks to the appellation system of Portugal and the strict laws governing wine production, Portuguese wines continue to maintain their reputation for quality and the distinctive characteristics they carry.