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Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo 2010


As I am always trying to expand my sister’s appreciation of white wine, she is continually bringing me Tempranillos to pour. Admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of Tempranillo. I’ve enjoyed some fantastic fruity, savoury, spicy bottles, and I’ve had a few thin, bitter, flat bottles, so they are always an adventure. She recently returned from a long weekend in New Hampshire and brought back Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo 2010. We gave it a pour to accompany our 4 cheese pizza and veggie antipasto salad. Bodegas Martin Codax was founded in 1986 in the Rias Baixas appellation of Spain with a mission of being “a winery made by people for people”. The winery was set up by 270 members, and relies on the collaboration of 300 winegrowing families that supply the grapes. Martin Codax focuses on sustainable practices and works to hard to minimize its carbon footprint. The winery was recently acquired by the giant, California based winery and distributer E & J Gallo.


Dark garnet in colour, after aerating faint aromas of cherry and leather swirled about in the glass and carried thru in the medium body. Firm tannins, coffee elements and traces of dried herbs comprised the brief finish. Somewhat muddled with a rather flat, generic disposition, I feel that there are a plethora of higher quality, better tasting options within this price point.


Tempranillo [I could not verify varietal percentage.]
13.5% Alcohol
$12 [average price]
Drinking thru 2015

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