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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 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

From their beautifully rich Bordeaux style wines, to their famous fortified wines, the wineries of Douro in Portugal have long been recognized as being amongst the finest of the Old World. For over two thousand years, Douro has been an important center of fine wine production, and it isn't difficult to see why the earliest attempts at viticulture led to an ever expanding wine industry in the region. The beautiful Douro river provides the vineyards with all the moisture and nutrients they need in order to grow fruit of real character and flavor, and the long, baking hot summers help ripen the grapes and intensify their juices. Today, Douro wines are popular all over the world, and wineries are producing more bottles than ever before to keep up with demand. Although the region is still most famous for the fortified wines of Porto, the still wines have centuries of tradition, and a whole set of distinctive flavors and characteristics that simply cannot be ignored.

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.