Thursday, April 21, 2011

Martin Codax Ergo, 2008

We have been quite busy during the past month and I haven't had time to write about some of the wines we have been enjoying. Presently, we are down in Scottsdale, Arizona and enjoying some welcomed warmth and sunshine. I find myself drinking more beer than wine in an ongoing attempt to keep hydrated in the desert climate. Tonight we decided to pop the cork on a new vintage of a favorite "every-day" Rioja that we have enjoyed in the past. Bodegas Martin Codax was founded in 1986 and represents modern Spanish wine making with the ideal fusion of tradition and innovation. This Bodegas produces fine white wines in the Rias Baix Region and lovely red wines in Rioja. The winemaker is Luciano Amoedo and with Ergo he delivers is a well crafted wine at an everyday price. This wine is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Mazuelo. The color is deep ruby red that is nearly opaque. The nose is full of red cherry, plum with a hint of leather and exotic spice. This is a medium bodied wine that opens with sweet plum and black cherry and finishes with chocolate, black pepper and a hint of mandarin orange. There are medium tannins and a hint of oak that help round out this modern, fruit-forward, Rioja. This 2008 vintage of Ergo can be found in the Seattle and Phoenix area for about $10. This is a versatile red wine that will work well with any meal, your favorite cheese, or a good bar of chocolate.