Bodegas Martin Codax is located in the town of Cambados in the Rias Baixas region of Spain. The winery produces five white wines and four liqueurs.
The 2010 Martin Codax Albarino was 100% Albarino. The wine was aged in stainless steel vats. The ABV was 12.93%.
I once had a superb Albarino. Of course, I did not take note of the name. Since then, I have been on a search for a great Albarino. I came across the Martin Codax at Wine Sellers. (I have also tracked down some La Cana Albarino, referred to me by Talk-A-Vino. I am picking it up this week and look forward to trying it.) My last go with this variety was the 2008 Dom Bardo Albarino. That venture did not fare very well.
Fortunately, things went better with this bottle of wine.
Prior to consumption, the wine was chilled.
The color of the wine was a very, pale straw. It was almost a translucent white.
The nose had bold, but friendly, notes of pear and peach. There was also some pronounced minerality.
The palate was crisp and clear. The most notable sensations were citrus, apple, and peach. There was something else in the background, anise or spice (?). I couldn’t nail it down, but it was enjoyable.
This wine would be an excellent pair with raw shellfish or a light fish entree. I used one-third of the bottle in my fish stew (which turned out great!). The remaining balance of the bottle was consumed by the occupants of the kitchen before the stew was done (I have a friendly kitchen!). Stick with fish for this wine.
The 2010 Martin Codax Albarino retails in the $18 range. It was an okay bottle of wine. Not great, but not horrible. While I would have it again, I think I will continue looking for that perfect Albarino (yes! more research!).