“This is a rich vintage from vines planted in 1900 at Manoella, a quinta in the heart of the Pinhão Valley. It shows the power and concentration of its old-vine fruit, rounded and enriched by time in new oak barriques. It’s as gamey and fatty as a heritage pork chop, and needs a few years in bottle to absorb the influence of its oak.”
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.