“The 2010 Guru is the winery’s old-vines (50 years) Branco, a blend of Viosinho, Rabigato, Codega do Larinho and Gouveio aged in oak for six months. This is a library wine, last seen about nine years back. Over the years, it has been proven to me that they can age – thus requiring some adjustment in drinking windows – but early examples still need to prove their case. (I’d rather have people happily surprised than badly disappointed.) This has done beautifully. In prime time, it shows some complexity now but no decay. It still has fine concentration and a lingering, lovely finish. It feels full-bodied in the mouth. If anything, it is notably better today than when it was young. It has plenty of life left too. Let’s continue to take that in stages, but this shows no sign that there is any urgency in drinking it. That said, it is showing awfully well right now. If you have a few, pop a cork today. Save some for later.”
“It’s the spice that’ll keep you coming to this puppy; it’s dark fruit, all modern styling, but with a nod to the traditions of some of the better Port red grapes that have taken so well to the dry wine styles of the Douro.” A-
“Vinhas Velhas refers to the old vines that are at the heart of this impressive wine. It has great concentration both from the richly structured fruit and tannins. New wood comes through richly on this powerhouse of texture and density.”
"As graceful as it is and as much finesse as it shows, it was nice to see it expand in the glass and show some intensity on the finish as well. This property will never produce obvious 'wow' wines. They will be highly regarded, rather, for their balance and harmony, their subtlety and precision. Hopefully, that list of adjectives will include complexity with age, something I am rather counting on."
“The 2010 GURU is the winery’s old vines (50 years) Branco, a blend of Viosinho, Rabigato, Codega do Larinho and Gouveio aged in oak for 6 months. Beautifully constructed this year, it combines a gentle, welcoming demeanor, with all of its parts well integrated and subtle oak showing. There is a bit of bite on the finish, but it is remarkably graceful, seeming both delicious and classy, with a little subtlety. There were 5,500 bottles produced, along with some large format bottles. Drink now-2015.”