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Porto Rocha

Porto Rocha – Sogevinus Fine Wines S.A.

Founded 1850
Owner Sogevinus

In 1850 António da Rocha Leão established his own Portuguese House among the famous British Port Wine Lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia across the Douro River from Oporto. He picked a fortunate time to start his own House with many fine vintages declared during the 1850’s, especially the ”Great Exhibition” vintage of 1851. Porto Rocha was well-established and survived the phyloxera epidemic that wiped out many small shippers in the late 1870’s. In 1947 Porto Rocha was acquired by the Barros Almeida group. As part of the Barros Almeida group, Porto Rocha was during some years bottled and shipped by the Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association, which was also part of the Barros Almeida group. In 2006 Barros Almeida was acquired by Sogevinus. Porto Rocha is now under the management of the Sogevinus wine group. Today it maintains its own special character and independent cellar reserves alongside such other Sogevinus firms as Calem, Burmester, Barros and C. N. Kopke.

Porto Rocha Vintages:1851, 1929, 1970, 1977, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseRocha
Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association
Vintage1970
ColourQuite beautiful, mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, sweet liquorice, some coffee and cardamom in the nose.Score range16.90 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Mature, peaking and on top. Balanced and quite complex and elegant. Sweet liquorice, cacao and cardamom in taste with a long and quite attractive finish. Lovely port!Average score
Last tasted3rd February 2018Point this date16.90
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseRocha
Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association
Vintage1989
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetDried fruit, French plums, mint and burned sugar in the nose.Score range14.50 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature, peaking and may be a little old. No fruit left. Dry. Easy to drink. A modern vintage port but maybe a little short finish.Average score15.23
Last tasted12th October 2014Point this date14.50
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseRocha
Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association
Vintage1997
ColourBlue with a yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetDried fruit and blue berry in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Still soft tannin but rather mature with dried fruit in flavour. A dry port with a rather short but attractive finish. A modern port easy to like.Average score15.38
Last tasted6th January 2012Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseRocha
Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association
Vintage1999
ColourStill quite dark but yellow in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetVery nice nose of dark berry, butterscotch, toffee and some mulberry in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and almost peaking with some soft tannin. Will probably be better. Quite elegant. Mulberry and herb in flavour and a nice, interesting finish. Easy to drink and like, but a modern style of port. Drink it now and enjoy it.Average score15.41
Last tasted19th May 2017Point this date15.25
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseRocha
Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association
Vintage2003
ColourStill black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark berry, dark cherry and fruit in the nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Dark cherry in flavour. Elegant, modern port with not so much backbone but easy to drink and like. Quite complex and a nice and interesting finish.Average score
Last tasted16th March 2012Point this date15.25
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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