Martin Codax Albarino 2009

Martin Codax, Rias Baixas, Albarino 2009 The nose features hay and lime with a hint of roses. In the mouth it is clean and crisp, sporting minerality combined with citrus.

This vintage captures the crisp and refreshing character that I associate with the best wines of the region. The grapes are 100% Albarino. After pressing, the juice was fermented below 65 degrees in stainless steel. You would never know that a full 40% of the wine went through malolactic and that the wine aged on the lees for4 months.

This reminds me of Champagne, where malolactic and sur lie aging can temper the austerity of the wine without compromising its acidic signature.

Produced and bottled in Vilarino in Cambados in Pontevedra 12.82% $15 suggested US retail, tasted at a media luncheon.

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About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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