2003 Porto Rocha Vintage Port 375ml (Previously $30)

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We almost always associate Port season with the winter months but it is never too early to start stocking up. Porto Rocha, established in 1850, was one of the few Portuguese owned houses in a sea of British Port Wine Lodges. This tenacious shipper even survived the Phyloxera epidemic of the 1870's when most of the small bottlers were forced out of business or absorbed by the bigger houses. Porto Rocha hadn't really made any inroads in the US until a small importer began importing them a few years ago. It was too hard to compete in the field of so many well established names, that our supplier finally became frustrated with selling the wine and decided to close out their remaining inventory. That is how the 2003 Vintage Port came to our attention. The wine is from a great vintage, one of the few declared this decade, and in half bottle format. We couldn't resist paying a fraction of the price and bring this exceptional value to you for a song. Like wines of this quality would sell for $30 to $50, even in half-bottle format. The 2003 is drinking really well with violet aromas, sweet plums, bittersweet chocolate and Chambord. The tannins are plush, the wine is never too sweet and is very approachable in its youth. You might think its too hot to drink port now but at this price, how can you resist! (Keith Mabry, K&L Wine Merchants - Hollywood)

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By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2011  | Send Email
I usually tell people that vintage porto is the best value for old and rare in the store. People who aren't familiar with Porto tend to think of them as sweet syrupy dessert wines, when in fact the best of them can be balanced and satisfying as any dry wine. This Rocha knocks both of those assumptions out of the park. Ridiculously inexpensive and incredibly well constructed. The '03 vintage has proven to be approachable young, but shows all the depth expected from the finest vintages. Not cloying like some '03, the structure of this wine becomes more evident as it aerates. Drink this over the next 10-15 years.

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2011  | Send Email
This is a perfect light bodied port for a summers evening! After the heat of the day when the sun has just set, have this port slightly chilled. Pair with a mature Manchego cheese and some salty sardines. This is a must try especially for this price.

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2011  | Send Email
A great value for aged Port for any level of dessert wine lovers! Savory and Lush aromas of dark chocolate, raspberry, tobacco, and fig with a medium to full texture on the mid palate and a polished finish. Pair with Cheese and fruit or even dark chocolate if your feeling decadent!

 By: Rick "3Chopsticks" Wong |  Review Date: 9/3/2011 
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Very nice. Develops nicely as the port gets air. Aromas jump out of the glass. Beautiful deep color. Long finish. Red fruit, chocolate, dried plums, medium body, complex. Very good already and will probably age well. Some sediment as expected. Half bottle enjoyed over a couple of nights. Better as it progressed. A great value and treat. Thank you, whoever is the k&l port buyer.
Drink from 2011 to 2041

 By: Andrew Velebil |  Review Date: 8/30/2011 
A very solid VP from Rocha and that's a killer price.

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Portugal

- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
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Port

- Port is a fortified wine made by stopping the fermentation with brandy. The result is a heavy sweet wine, most often red, that is dense, rich and high in alcohol. Port is made all over the world with some great results in Australia and South Africa, but the most famous of these dessert wines come from Portugal. The great port houses (or lodges) are located along the Duoro River on the steep slate slopes high above the valley floor. There are several styles of port, including Ruby, Tawny, Vintage Character, Late Bottle Vintage, Colheita, and Single Quinta. Vintage ports are made in special years that the houses declare. View our bestselling Port.