Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Wine of the Week - Herdade do Rocim Olho de Mocho Riserva Tinto

Our first featured wine of 2020 is a big, bold red that's just perfect for chilly winter nights. Now that the holiday season and its attendant busyness are behind us, it's time to cozy up at home with a delicious bottle of red (roaring blaze in the fireplace optional). The 2016 Herdade do Rocim Olho de Mocho Riserva Tinto is one such bottle, with Wine Enthusiast awarding the vintage 94 points. Reviewer Roger Voss says: "This is Catarina Vieira's single vineyard wine from the oldest vineyard on the Rocim estate. It has density, layered black fruits and solid tannins. Firm, bold and concentrated, this is a fine wine, richly endowed and generous."

Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim. Catarina Vieira has been in charge of the development of the estate and she believes that Alentejo has the unique conditions required to produce world-class wines. Joining her as General Manager of the estate is Pedro Ribiero. He contributes to the winemaking decisions, as well as running the sales and business affairs of the estate. Since purchasing the estate, Caterina and Pedro have invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building a new state of the art winery. They believe that Rocim has great potential for producing high quality wines with worldwide recognition and have created a project that gives value not only to Alentejo, but to Portugal as a whole.

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