Thursday, May 1, 2014

Martin Codax 2011 Ergo Tempranillo, Rioja

Ergo Tempranillo was a great discovery during a recent dinner with friends at Stella’s in Perrysburg. Martin Codax, the Spanish winery that is known mostly for Albarino, produces Ergo. That prompted me to select the wine during this special meal.
The Ergo label, featuring a decidedly contemporary scrawl,  hints at its innards. The wine is a Tempranillo blend, but it is a modern expression of the grape.
I was surprised at the big feel of this wine. Since we had a mixture of seafood and steak (mine) for entrees, I was looking for a medium bodied wine that would work for everyone. Score!
The Ergo was a revelation: an elegant wine at a very reasonable price point. On the palate it offered fresh berries and a dash of spice. Smooth going down, it was the perfect compliment to the evening with friends.
The meal was bittersweet as we bid farewell to our friends Gary and Kelly, who have relocated to Portland. They will now have to suffer living in the center of one of the world’s greatest wine producing regions. Ergo wove the conversation together with warming fruit notes, lush textures and a clean finish.
At $14 or so, this is a nice value pick and pairs very well with a variety of dishes from fish to lighter meat dishes. An enjoyable sip.
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