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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, 2009

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseRochaVintage1970
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
HouseRochaVintage1989
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetDried fruit, French plums, Christmas spiciness, and burned sugar in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced but no fruit left. Dried fruit, French plums and spiciness in taste. Easy to drink. A modern vintage port quite dry and with a quite attractive finish.Average score15.51
Last tasted15th November 2020Point this date15.40
CommentTasted at home with the family.

In 2019 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseRochaVintage1997
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetDried fruit, toffee, cacao, dark chocolate and fudge in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and will not improve. Dried fruit, toffee and fudge in flavour. Balanced but a dry port with a rather short but attractive finish. A modern port easy to drink and like.Average score15.50
Last tasted13th March 2022Point this date15.75
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseRochaVintage1999
ColourStill medium dark ruby with yellow mature rim in colour.Number of tastings10
BouquetVery nice nose of cacao, chocolate, butterscotch, toffee and sweet liquorice in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and almost peaking with some very soft tannin. Will probably not be much better. Balanced and quite elegant. Sweet liquorice, toffee, chocolate and some herbs 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 score15.44
Last tasted6th August 2022Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseRochaVintage2003
ColourStill black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark berry, dark cherry and fruit in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Dark cherry in flavour. Elegant, modern port with not so much backbone but easy to drink and like. Dark chocolate, cacao and liquorice in taste. Quite complex and a nice and interesting finish.Average score15.50
Last tasted8th July 2020Point this date15.75
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Last tasted:

23rd September
Quinta dos Malvedos
Graham 2006
Pocas Jr 2002
17th September
Graham’s Malvedos 1962
Companhia Velha
Royal Oporto 1962
Royal Oporto
Companhia Velha 1962
Waagepetersen 1862
15th September
Hutcheson 1987
Kopke 1995
Quinta do Bomfim
Dow 1988
Romariz 1994
Smith Woodhouse 1977
van Zellers 2012

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