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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 very dark but with a yellow mature rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetDried fruit, toffee, cacao, dark chocolate and fudge in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Still soft tannin but rather mature with dried fruit, toffee and fudge in flavour. Balanced but a dry port with a rather short but attractive finish. A modern port easy to like.Average score15.42
Last tasted26th June 2020Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseRochaVintage1999
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetVery nice nose of dark berry, 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 be better. Balanced and quite elegant. Sweet liquorice, toffee 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 score15.46
Last tasted13th June 2020Point this date15.75
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:

22nd November
Graham- Malvedos 1996
21st November
Barros 1998
20th November
Quinta do Vesuvio 1997
15th November
Rocha 1989
14th November
Fonseca 1997
7th November
Madalena
Smith - Woodhouse 1996
Warre 1970
6th November
Graham- Malvedos 1999
31st October
Pocas Jr 2007
Quinta do Panascal
Fonseca-Guimaraens 2001

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