“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-
“Balsamic notes and ripe black fruits. Perhaps less finesse and roundness and more sinew than the 2011. Lots to chew on – really satisfying. Complex and subtle. No excess of alcohol though the tannins stand out more than on the 2011.” (18 out of 20 points)
“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.”
CELLAR SELECTION: “Fermented in open stone lagars, this fine wine has a very rich character. It has a concentrated feel, smoothly ripe and very dense. Black plum fruit and skins are combined with intense wood and acidity to give a solidly based wine.”
"Features an aroma of raspberry, with plenty of snap to the chocolate mousse, dark currant and kirsch flavors, accented by hints of mineral and slate. The dense, muscular finish displays elements of mocha, spice and cream."