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Robert Parker 93/100
The 2017 Branco, the estate flagship, is a field blend from old (centenarian) vines aged for ten months in used French oak. Principal grapes include common Douro whites like Rabigato, Códega, Códega do Larinho, Cerceal, Gouveio and others. It comes in at 13% alcohol. At least in USA pricing, this is on its way to becoming one of the priciest Douro whites (although there are some competitors now). Bottled about ten days before tasting, it was showing very well. Full in the mouth, this has plenty of stuffing this year. As Rita Marques indicated, it does a pretty good job of maintaining acidity, but it is certainly fruit forward in this vintage. It is already showing nicely and handles the oak well. It should still be able to age, but it remains to be seen where this very young blend goes. I suspect it will improve steadily over the several years or so and hold well, but let's be conservative just now.