2018 Wine & Soul 'Guru' Branca
Stunning Portuguese White - Think "White Burgundy! Guru is produced from a 50-year-old field blend of the indigenous white varieties Vosinho, Rabigato, Codega do Larinho, and Gouveio. All grapes previously selected and de-stemmed were pressed in a pneumatic press and fermented in 15% new French oak barrels at low temperatures during 4 weeks, after which was aged for 6 months with battonage.
Winery Notes: Located in the heart of the Douro Valley, Portugal’s best-known wine region, Wine & Soul spans several picturesque vineyards. This innovative yet rustic winery was founded nearly 10 years ago by Jorge Serôdio Borges and his wife Sandra Tavares da Silva, both of whom wished to channel their extensive experience into a winery that would showcase the traditional varieties and terroir of the Douro Valley on an international level.
93 points, Wine Spectator. "This shows a lot of finesse, with a hint of toast weaving through the lemon blossom, fresh heather and ripe white peach flavors, lightly detailed by ethereal accents of spice, mineral and chamomile tea. Like a fine white Burgundy, this medium-bodied white should age nicely. Rabigato, Viosinho, Gouveio and Côdega do Larinho. Drink now through 2027. 500 cases made, 100 cases imported."