“The 2016 Branco Lybra is half Viognier, with the other half divided between Marsanne (30%) and Arinto (20%), all unoaked and coming in at 13% alcohol. Showing the fine focus and classy demeanor I've come to expect, this has dry and clean flavors on the finish and controlled tension. On the understated side, this fresh white sneaks up on you. At the moment, I'd say I have a minor preference for the lovely 2015, but this, a bit rounder and fruitier but perhaps not quite as crisp, is not far off. It also shows no reductive traces. With a few more months in bottle (it was tasted in July), this may well catch up to the 2015 or even surpass it.”
“This producer focuses on Rhône Valley varietals, and this wine continues the theme. Its apricot and very fine mineral texture are impressive and rich. Touched by spice from wood aging, the wine is generous, with the potential of a creamy, smooth texture as it ages. For now, it is fruity and rich.”
“This is a northern Rhône-style blend, with a touch of Viognier in the Syrah that softens the considerable dark, tannic power of the wine. Along with this solid structure, the wine also has ripe black-plum-skin and blackberry flavors. A concentrated wine, it still needs to age.”
"The 2013 Lybra is a Syrah aged for 12 to 14 months (depending on the plot) in used French oak. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Understated and graceful, but still showing respectable depth for its price category, this fresh and rather seductive Syrah is caressing on the tongue, with velvety texture, plus controlled but lingering flavor."
"The 2014 Lybra, the winery's entry–level Syrah, was aged for 12 to 14 months (depending on the specific plot of Syrah) in second and third use French oak. This is a very respectable offering for this level in a very tough vintage. Showing good flavor, but not the more defined and vivid fruit or the seductive texture of the 2013, this still holds its own decently. As it airs out, it does thin a bit and lose its initial aggressiveness. At the price point, it is still a pretty reasonable deal, relatively full in the mouth, fresh and lively."
Quinta do Monte d'Oiro - Wine Advocate
"The 2013 Ex Aequo is a 75/25 blend of Syrah and Touriga Nacional aged for 18 months in 40% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This is often my favorite bottling from Monte d'Oiro. Perhaps it is just the extra youth, but this does not seem quite as good as some recent releases––a relative comment. It is still pretty fine. The structure is beautiful, the depth a little less so. That said, this winery does not make bad wine and as it sits in the glass, it continues to improve and expand. It shows fine mid–palate finesse to go with an intense and lingering finish."
Quinta do Monte d'Oiro - Wine Advocate
"The 2012 Ex Aequo is a 75/25 blend of Syrah and Touriga Nacional aged for 18 months in French oak (40% new). It comes in at 14% alcohol. Frequently my favorite of the winery's bottlings, this combines depth, power and finesse. Beautifully crafted, this is a bit stern just now, but intense, full bodied and impressive. As elegant as it is in some ways, the finish shows very fine concentration of fruit flavor. It has that old school subtlety, never giving an inch on anything, but still managing to seem more graceful than bombastic."
"The 2015 Viognier Madrigal has been seen before, but it has had a few months now to settle since I saw it early on at the winery. It is pretty terrific. If it is not the best Madrigal ever, it is certainly on the short list for that award. Full bodied for the grape, it is lively, vibrant and full of flavor––but in a dry, very serious way. Beautifully wrought, this should age pretty well for this grape, but there is absolutely no reason to wait now."
"The 2012 Reserva is a Syrah with 4% Viognier added in, aged for 16 to 20 months (depending on the plot of Syrah) in French oak (only 40% new). It comes in at 14% alcohol. Showing the winery's trademark finesse in the mid–palate, this then displays plenty of power and demonstrates how serious it is as it airs in the glass. Very French and very Rhone, this is not yet as expressive as it will one day become. This (and the winery's Syrah 24) are easy to underestimate because they are so graceful and frequently understated. They both have a very refined and upper–level feel to them. The lingering finish makes this even more special."