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

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 undisputed jewel in Portugal's crown is the beautiful wine region of Douro, located along the banks of the river from where it gets its name. The region itself is renowned around the world for its range of wonderfully aromatic fortified wines, as well as a wide variety of still red and white wines made from native grape varietals. Wineries in the Douro region utilize a huge amount of different local grapes for their characterful wines, but generally the most popular are made from Tinta Roriz, a rich and flavorful red wine grape related to Spain's flagship Tempranillo. However, there are plenty of different red and white grape varietals used in the region, all benefiting from the excellent hot weather and mineral rich terroir which characterizes the Douro valleys.

Country: Portugal

One of the oldest regions of Portugal for wine production and vine cultivation is the Bairrada, the lush and clay-rich region responsible for an impressive range of red, white and rosé wines of exceptional quality. As with much of the country, this region benefits from long, hot summers, allowing the grapes to ripen to full maturity and thus carry a wide range of flavors and aromas. However, each region of Portugal produces wines which reach a high level of quality, from the more urbanized regions around Lisbon and Porto, where the famous fortified and Colares wines originate, to the island of Madeira and the Dao river valley, which each have their own distinctive wine cultures. The several thousand years of viticultural history in Portugal has allowed Portuguese wineries to master their own traditional techniques, which are still employed to this day across the country, yielding excellent results for the world to enjoy.