“The 2018 Guru is a field blend from old vines, mostly Viosinho, Rabigato, Códega do Larinho and Gouveio, aged for seven months in 90% used French oak. It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This was seen just about a week before bottling in Portugal this year. Now that it is in the USA, let's check in. A very different year than the 2017 (also reviewed), this mostly ditches the sexy aspect and instead seems relatively fresh and transparent for a wine with oak aging. The fruit is lifted and the finish has some tension. This might be a more typical Guru in style, but in this case, I had a minor preference for the 2017. Neither is probably the greatest vintage, and reasonable minds might differ. Both provide a lot of reasons to love this wine.”
“A creamy undertone lingers through the Meyer lemon, apricot and salted almond flavors in this mouthwatering white. Floral and mineral details add appeal to the spicy, focused finish.”
Wine & Soul - Wine Advocate
“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 ….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....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.
“The 2012 Guru is an equal blend of Viosinho, Codega do Larinho and Gouveio, from old vines (51 years of age). It comes in at just 12.5% alcohol and was fermented and aged in new French oak barriques for seven months. Guru has this interesting way of using oak without actually projecting so much, particularly after a year or so in bottle. While it is there at the moment, it should continue to integrate well. It also manages to come in at rather low alcohol levels - and it still seems rather solid. This is quite a nice vintage for it, and it should continue to develop in the cellar. Fresh, bright and quite tasty on the finish, it is a very lively Guru with a lot of persistence. It isn’t exactly a bargain, but it is a consistent performer in the region.”
“Offers a rich blend of lemon curd, gooseberry and ripe white cherry flavors, filled with plenty of smoke notes. This has vibrant acidity, with minerality and an intense spiciness on the powerful finish.”
“The 2011 Guru is the winery’s old vines (50 years) Branco, a blend of Rabigato, Viosinho, Codega do Larinho and Gouveio. With modest and gorgeously integrated oak aging, this has a velvety and caressing texture, delicious fruit and absolute harmony. I have always liked Guru, but this may well be the winery’s best yet. It is very suave and appealing. Yet, as it airs and warms it also shows some grip on the finish. It may yet have some potential for improvement in the cellar and deserve an uptick.”