Martin Codax Albarino 2008

Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain

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Item No. 99911
  • white wine
  • W&S89
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Has an attractive straw-greenish yellow color, with ripe lemon nuances. Bright and slightly sparkling. Stands out for its special intensity and elegance, its aroma reminiscent of damp, dewy fresh herbs with a perfume of semi-ripe apples. A fine sparkling sensation on the palate, with a complexity of tastes denoting the freshness of vegetation in the valley and the essence of the varietal. Persistent, full-bodied and tasty...a classic.

Critical Acclaim

"The middle of this wine is pale and dry, with a cool mineral rush that seems to soak up the soil into the glass. Those mineral flavors last, while the fruit itself has more of a candied tone, like marzipan and stawberries. It's a quirky and distinctly albarino. For gambas al ajillo."
89 Points

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I enjoyed this rather a lot. In particular, it was refreshing to encounter a white wine that was so unashamedly unoaked and left all the flavor to the grapes. It starts off with a nice golden pour and enough body to hold up. The first mouth is very crisp and bright, with a strong taste of tart apples and a bit of citrus. The acidity keeps it all lively and the finish is a final burst of fruit before it starts to fade. It is pleasantly dry and the entire experience was very positive. I'd give this a solid 90, and would readily recommend it if you're getting tired of vanilla, smoke, and woody flavors. It's also a very good wine to experience the huge difference oak exposure can have on a wine (provided you have a good oaked white to compare with). I had this with a simple alfredo and it worked quite well; the acidity gives it enough bite to cut through almost any cream or cheese dish.
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Dwight Simar - Saint Martinville, LA (read all my reviews)

Style: Fruity & Smooth
One of the best albarinos so for plan on serving with tuna and grilled shellfish at next party. will go nicely and be a big hit.
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Learn About Martin Codax Map ItMap It

The Martín Códax Winery was founded in 1986 by a group of winegrowers. Established in Cambados, the capital of the Salnes Valley, the winery has become a point of reference within the Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin in Spain. The Albariño grapes Bodegas Martin Codax uses for its wines come from its own vineyards, and thus the high quality and purity of the fruit is...

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Learn About Rias Baixas

(REE-ez BUY-shuss) Just above the Portuguese border lies Rias Baixas, Spain's prominent white wine region. Situated in Galacia, the region is wet and rainy with some large temperature changes due to its proximity to the coast. The main grape of note here is Albarino, the white variety known for creating fragrant and fruity wines perfect for seafood. The bottles are easily...

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