Thursday, August 25, 2011

Martín Códax Albariño 2009

Rias Baixax, Spain (wine review and rating)

Martín Códax Albariño 2009

Origin: Rias Baixax, Spain
Blend: Albariño (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: August 2011
Purchase Price: $5.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: A medium gold in color, this wine has aromas of mixed tropical fruits with significant notes of spice. Of moderate body on the palate, the fruit flavors tend towards tree fruit (apple, pear) though there is some tropical fruit (pineapple, guava) present as well. The finish brings out the spice a bit, reminiscent of cider.

Our rating: This wine has a lot of character to it. While one will be tempted to serve it with a meal — and we're thinking a poultry dish is best — it can also be enjoyed as is, just relaxing and enjoying the late summer breezes. Indeed, our bottle was nearly gone by the time the chicken breasts came off the grill. Rich and smooth, we rate this wine Above Average, Nearly Excellent. We previously rated the 2006 vintage similarly. (A quick note about the price paid: this wine was in a "marked down" section, and is almost certainly not what you would pay for it. Indeed, currently lists it for $16.99. We wish now we had cleared the vendor where we purchased our bottle of their remaining supply.)

Taste profile from the winemaker: This refreshing food friendly white wine is crisp, elegant and dry and has aromas and flavors of pear, passion fruit and apple with bright acidity.

Martín Códax Albariño 2009 may be available to purchase from

Winery website: Martín Códax.

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