Producer: Martín Códax
Winemaker: Luciano Amoedo Rodino
Region: Rias Baixas
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Martín Códax Albariño
Bodegas Martín Códax, founded in 1985, is located in the historical town of Cambados in Pontevedra. Here, in the very heart of the Salnés Valley, is the home of the Albariño grape. Bodegas Martín Códax takes its name from a 13th-century local troubadour.
Bodegas Martín Códax is a cooperative of 285 members. Unusual in the area, Códax only uses its own estate grapes, rather than buying them from local growers. The winemaker, Luciano Amoedo Rodino, was also the founder of the “Rías Baixas” Denomination of Origin (appellation), and is an eminent wine professional.They produce three different brands of white wines – Códax, Burgáns and Organistrum – and uses 100% Albariño.
Catalan winemaker Miguel Torres claims that Albariño is a cousin of Riesling. He believes that it was brought over to Spain by German Pilgrims, making their way to Santiago de Compostela. The local regulatory council disagree, but what everyone agrees upon is that the grape is one of Spain’s noble varietals.
This wine is a modern style Albariño, fully fermented in stainless steel tanks, under controlled cold temperatures. That guarantees to preserve all of the aromas, flavors and freshness so typical of this variety.
What’s also good to know: this wine is meant to be drank fresh, so I would look for the freshest vintage 2009-2010.
Lovely aroma of fresh citrus, tropical fruits that reminds me of sweet summer breeze from the ocean. On the palate this light golden wine taste slightly off dry (although I was told in the wine store that it’s dry), yet crisp with enough acidity.
Nicely balanced, full of citrus, lime and white peach flavors. Definitely good value and excellent alternative to let’s say Pinot Grigio!
Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 14.00