I’ve spent the summer with Albarinos, all of which cost under $15. So recently I picked up a $15 bottle – Martin Codax 2007 Albarino from the Rias Baixsas region of Spain.

This wine ranks near the top of all the Spanish and Portuguese Albarinos I’ve tried this summer. The juice is a nice light yellow, aromatic wine that hits you with some lemon at first sip. It has light minerality and a very smooth texture through the finish.

While there is not much going on in the mid-palate with the Martin Codax, I think most wine drinkers will love the finish. It’s not too acidic and goes down as smooth as it arrives.

Wine Enthusiast gave this wine 90 points. I’ve had some with bigger fruit the past few months. But this was very well made white wine.

This region is just above Portugal where that country makes its great albarino wines. If all of these postings haven’t gotten you to try albarino just yet, there are still some warm evenings left with grilled fish and a nice chilled albarino from Spain or Portugal. Chill them a bit longer and give Martin Codax a try!

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