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C. da Silva

C. Da Silva (Vinhos) SA

Founded 1862
Owner La Martiniquaise
Vintage Port Brands C da Silva, Armada, Convento Velho, Corréa Ribeiro, Dalva, Don Pablo, Players, Presidential, Quinta dos Avidagos
Web-site www.cdasilva.pt

This company was founded in 1862 under the name Correa Ribeiro e Filhos. Mr. Clement da Silva who arrived from Brazil in 1933 inherited the house by marriage. The name was changed to C. da Silva in 1957. It sources grapes from over seven hundred growers.

They created the brand DALVA, whose origin lies in the founder´s surname DA SILVA, i.e. Dalva.

The Company was family owned till 1980, but after Clemente da Silva´s death, the family decided to sell the Company. It was then bought by the Spanish group Nueva Rumasa. In 2007 it was sold again, this time to Gran Cruz Porto, making part of La Martiniquaise.

C. da Silva Vintages:1958, 1968, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1991
Armada Vintages:1989, 1998, 2005
Corréa Ribeiro Vintages:1897*, 1982, 1983
Convento Velho Vintages:1994
Dalva Vintages:1896*, 1917*, 1963, 1968, 1970, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Don Pablo Vintages:1982, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2003
Presidential Vintages:1970, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2016, 2017
Players Vintages:1970, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1985
Quinta dos Avidagos Vintages:2017

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseC. da SilvaVintage1958
ColourAlmost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, chocolate toffee, coffee beans, orange zest and a hint of pharmacy in the noseScore range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and maybe with a hint of colheita acidity but mature and balanced with a quite elegant and quite long finish.Average score
Last tasted15th April 2022Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at home with the family.
This bottle was bottled by Henekeys.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseC. da SilvaVintage1968
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetToffee, fudge some liquorice and butterscotch in the nose.Score range15.25 - 17.25
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and peaking. At its best now and maybe a hint of oldness? However, balanced and elegant. Very enjoyable indeed. Toffee and butterscotch in taste with a rather complex and very enjoyable finish.Average score16.25
Last tasted12th December 2016Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseC. da SilvaVintage1970
ColourLovely mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetToffee, fudge, cream candy and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range14.50 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and very tasty with toffee, cream candy and fudge in mouth. Very enjoyable and easy to drink with charming, quite long and lovely finishAverage score15.58
Last tasted16th December 2021Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
1 bottle was not perfect but drinkable.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseC. Da SilvaVintage1978
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCreme caramel, cream candy, liquorice and a lot more in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. This port is absolutely perfect today. Balanced, tasty and very elegant. Creme caramel, cream candy and liquorice is dominating in the mouth. Quite sweet with a long and perfect finish. Drink up and enjoy!Average score
Last tasted26th December 2019Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseC. da SilvaVintage1982
ColourMature and tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetCandy, crème caramel, ginger and toffee in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteQuite thin bodied. Mature and peaking. Toffee in taste. Easy to drink and like. Quite sweet with a rather elegant finish.Average score15.25
Last tasted20th November 2014Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal’s Private Collection.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseC. da SilvaVintage1985
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetFudge, crème caramel, candy, some cacao and ginger in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and on top but still with some very soft and elegant tannin. Balanced, quite complex and rather elegant with a quite decent finish. Easy to drink and enjoy but will not be much better, so drink and enjoy it now.Average score
Last tasted27th October 2018Point this date16.40
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseC. da SilvaVintage1991
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBlueberry, blackberry and fruit in the nose.
TasteRather full bodied. Immature and tannic. Hard to swallow. Promising and a long finish.
Last tasted20th September 1993Rating this dateVery good
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseVery old Tawny Port
C. da Silva
Colheita1908
ColourTawny in colour with a lime green rim. Quite cloudy and not so nice to look at.Number of tastings1
BouquetWonderful colheita nose of toasted sugar, burned candy and pharmacy.Bottled1962
TasteMedium body. Some acidity but mature and elegant. Very tasty and complex with a wonderful and attractive finish.Score range17.00 - 17.00
Last tasted21st July 2006Point this date17.00
CommentIn a Wine friend’s home.
TastersSAI
HouseC. da SilvaColheita1944
ColourRich tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetColheita bouquet of burned almond and burned candy.Bottled1962
TasteMedium body. Mature and quite tasty but with acidity and maybe not quite balanced. Lovely and quite attractive finish.Score range15.25 - 15.25
Last tasted21st January 2006Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting.
TastersSAI, JB
HouseThe Old Corner’s shop
C. da Silva
Colheita1944
ColourBeautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetWonderful mature bouquet of pharmacy, candy and crème caramel.Bottled1971
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Crème caramel in taste. Balanced and complex with a long and nearly never ending finish. Wonderful port.Score range17.50 - 17.50
Last tasted21st January 2006Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö
TastersSAI, JB
HouseHouse Reserve
C. da Silva
Colheita1944
ColourTawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMature bouquet of burned sugar, molasses and old pharmacy in the nose.Bottled1969
TasteMedium body. Balanced and mature with some old quite nice acidity- Burned sugar and molasses in taste. Quite sweet with a nice and rather attractive finish.Score range
Last tasted4th October 2019Point this date15.25
CommentAt home in our Private Wine Club
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseC. da SilvaColheita1948
ColourBeautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetEther, hospital and pharmacy in the nose.Bottled
TasteMedium body. Mature and elegant. Very tasty and complex with a wonderful and attractive finish with some acidity.Score range16.25 - 16.25
Last tasted8th January 2009Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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