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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, 1960, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1994, 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 tastings8
BouquetDried fruit, French plums, Christmas spiciness, cacao, roasted coffee beans, and burned sugar in the nose.Score range15.25 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced but no fruit left. French plums, coffee beans, cacao and spiciness in taste. Easy to drink. A modern vintage port quite dry and with an attractive finish. Lovely port indeedAverage score15.58
Last tasted25th August 2023Point this date16.00
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
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetToffee, candy, cacao, dark chocolate and fudge in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and will not improve. Candy, toffee and fudge in flavour. Balanced but a quite dry port with a quite elegant and attractive finish. A modern port easy to drink and like.Average score15.50
Last tasted30th May 2023Point this date15.50
CommentTasted at home in 13th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseRochaVintage1999
ColourYellow and mature in colour.Number of tastings14
BouquetVery nice nose of cacao, chocolate, butterscotch, toffee, some coffee beans, sweet liquorice and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and peaking. Balanced and quite elegant. Sweet with liquorice, toffee, chocolate and some herbs in flavour and an attractive and quite long finish. Easy to drink and like. Drink it now and enjoy it.Average score15.54
Last tasted18th January 2024Point this date15.90
CommentTasted at a Semi-Great Tasting with the Wine Society 18% in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseRochaVintage2003
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colourNumber of tastings4
BouquetDark chocolate, cacao, toffee and some candy in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and will not be better. Balanced and elegant, modern port with not so much backbone but easy to drink and like. Dark chocolate, cacao and liquorice in taste. Rather complex and a quite lovely finish.Average score15.31
Last tasted5th January 2024Point this date15.25
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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