Spain isn’t only about reds – there are very nice whites too, and the Burgans Albarino is a great choice to enjoy on a leisurely summer day (or evening). This wine is very consistent year after year, we really liked the 2010, then the 2012, and now the 2013!
Burgans is made by Luciano Almoeda at Bodega Martin Codax, a big advocate of the Albarino varietal in Spain. Luciano was influential in obtaining worldwide recognition for not only Albarinio, but also for the Rias-Baixas wine area, where Codax is located.
Martin Codax has grown considerably in recent years and is among the most progressive in the area. Instead of using wood, the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel with light lees stirring. This helps preserve the natural lift and minerality of the grapes.
Tasting Notes: a bright greenish yellow colour with golden highlights. Nose: a uniquely fruity aroma where the variety is clearly appreciated, highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach aromas. Palate: in the mouth, it is rich, mellow and well-balanced. The aftertaste is fully rounded and off dry on the palate with juicy fruit flavours, clean acidity and a long, mineral-dominated finish.
89 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
Albarino has been very trendy for nearly a decade, and Martin Codax’s 2013 Burgans Albarino is one of the better efforts. This 100% Albarino aged in stainless steel with lees stirring comes from a steep hillside, inland site that is harvested three to four weeks later than most of the coastal Albarinos. A custom cuvee put together by Eric Solomon, it offers crisp, fresh, lively honeysuckle, white peach and apricot notes, medium-bodied, dry flavors, and lots of fruit and perfume. It is a perfect foil for all types of seafood.