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Robert Parker 91/100
The 2020 Branco, the estate flagship, is a field blend from old (centenarian) vineyards at 600 meters in altitude aged for 10 months in used French oak. Principal grapes include common Douro white grapes, like Rabigato, Códega, Códega do Larinho, Cerceal, Gouveio and others. Very dry, it also comes in with 7.1 grams of total acidity and 13.1% alcohol. This adds some depth and power to the Contraste Branco, but the ultimate styles are much the same, emphasizing elegance and freshness. Here, though, the fruit is not as exuberant, which is not surprising due to the modest increase in oak impact. The oak adds no vanilla, but it gives this a somewhat darker profile, and it finishes with more power. It's a bit pricey for the style, but it seems lovely this year, understated, precise and long on the finish.