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Wine & Soul Guru 2016

Wine & Soul Guru 2016

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"The 2016 Guru is a roughly equal blend of Codega do Larinho, Rabigato, Viosinho and Gouveio aged for just six months in 30% new French oak, including the use of some bigger barrels. It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. Sourced from 50-year-old vines, it was bottled only a week before tasting, but it sure seemed to be doing well. It shows much more crisply than in some years and the impression of wood has pretty much disappeared, as this winery reduces the oak involved. It shows fine concentration and even better tension on the finish. The smoky aromatics of which I've complained in the past are only a hint this year, much more restrained to the point where they do not seem to be an issue. That should get better, not worse. Intense and deep, Guru is very fine this year. It should hold at least a decade, probably more. Drink: 2017-2026. 93 points

For Wine & Soul, 2015 is one of their greatest vintages. They are hitting home runs everywhere, including their Port (see my separate Port article). Most of these are scheduled for release in September 2017, shortly after this article appears."

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (232)