“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 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 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."
"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."
"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."
Quinta do Monte d'Oiro - Wine Advocate
“The 2011 Lybra is a Syrah aged in used French oak for 12-14 months, depending on lots. This has been seen before, but it showed a ton of promise on release. It is worth checking in. As always, this isn't the deepest or most powerful of the winery's Syrahs, but it shows beautifully. It has fine mid-palate finesse, but it has fleshed out in the glass, put on a little weight and become far more expressive. Its smooth, caressing texture is especially impressive and the juicy, delicious finish makes it a winner. Overall, this has improved. I don't know if it will improve more--there are some mild tannins left on the finish and it seems fully ready--but it should hang on well for most of the next decade or so.”
Quinta do Monte d'Oiro - The Whisky Advocate
“The 2012 Syrah 24 Jose Bento Dos Santos is all Syrah, aged for 18 months in French oak (40% new). It comes in at 14% alcohol. This is a nice step up on the Lybra, also reviewed, but in somewhat subtle ways. This shows more finesse and silkier texture. It dances lightly on the palate, but it always seems quite persistent. It has more power than the Lybra Syrah, also reviewed, but that intensity is still well controlled. The wine becomes nicely drinkable with an hour or so of aeration. Gripping on the finish, it has more purity of fruit, too, and that fruit flavor lingers longer. There were times after extended aeration when it seemed a bit delicate, but it is also something that will make many swoon with the sheer pleasure of drinking it. This is a beautiful 24 that likely has the ability to improve more in the cellar. It should age well, no doubt better than anticipated with good storage, but you can approach it now if you really must. My advice would still be to put it away for a few years. Let it become more expressive.”
“The 2012 Lybra is a Syrah aged for approximately a year, depending on the plot, in French barriques. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. As time marches on, this inexpensive bottling has become one of (if not the best) values in the lineup. The quality has risen, but the price is pretty stable. Showing good concentration for the level, it has nice structure as well, plus a lifted and lively feel to the fruit. The theme here is always elegance, not "big, fat fruit bomb." There is also grip on the finish and just a bit of that Syrah earthiness on the nose. I don't think this has quite as much concentration as the 2009, also reviewed, but it has a fresher feel and equally good structure. This bottling of late is making me want to lean up a little more. They have also demonstrated that they hold better than anticipated. This is new release is approachable right now, though.”
“The 2009 Lybra, Monte d’Oiro’s entry-level Syrah, was aged for 15 months in second and third year French oak barriques. Every time I see this, it seems to get better. One thing I have always liked about the 2009 vintage is the lift it gave to the smaller wines. This seems very fine and full bodied for the level. Youthful and fresh, it should have lots of years left, too. I would say, though, that it is drinking very well now. That's a hint.”
Quinta do Monte d'Oiro - Wine Advocate
“The 2011 Reserva is a Syrah with 4% Viognier added. It was aged for 16-20 months in new French barriques (meaning that the Syrah is a blend of different plots, vinified and aged separately). It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Well, isn't this interesting...More so than most of the Syrah-based reds submitted this issue and in the past, this has strong earthy nuances, a touch of game, a hint of barnyard and the like. It is the type of Syrah we see in the Northern Rhône a lot, with some acidity, an elegant mid-palate, plenty of power and a lot of character. It's always well balanced and it is never ponderous. It is intriguing, though, one of the winery's best Northern Rhône copycats. Still a bit tight just now, it should continue to improve with cellaring over the next few years. It may well hold better than anticipated and it may yet be entitled to an uptick.”