One of the top white wines from the Douro - A great lieu dit Meursault always comes to mind when I taste this. - 3 Michelin Star Restaurant PerSe in NYC, poured this BTG as their answer for an affordable White Burgundy
- Vines are 50 years old, granite and schiste soils
- 2 parcels in the northern Douro Valley mountain tops
- High elevation, mountain-top vineyards to preserve freshness and acidity
- A judicious 6 months in only 30% new French oak barrique, the rest used and larger tonneau
Equal parts 4 indigenous and important white grapes:
- Codega do Larinho
92-94 pts Wine Advocate The 2017 Guru is a field blend from old vines, mostly Viosinho, Rabigato, Códega do Larinho and Gouveio, aged for seven months in 90% used French oak. It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. Bottled just about ten days before tasting, this does have a touch of the wood and flint that is sometimes too obvious when this is young, but it also has the gorgeous structure that this bottling has consistently showed of late, far more than in the old days. Tight, focused, concentrated and capable of being much better next year, I'm still giving this a range for a score because it is so recently in bottle and a little disjointed. It looks like a big winner, though. It looks like it will age very well too, as the newer bottlings in particular seem likely to do. It's time to expand the drinking windows on these.