Milenrama (Spanish for “yarrow”, a flower prevalent in Rioja and handsomely featured on the label) is a value-oriented project in Rioja from up-and-coming female winemaker Ruth de Andrés. Her varied C.V. boasts chemistry and oenology degrees in three different countries, experience at top firms in Bordeaux and the Penedès, sommelier-course teaching, and, most recently, winemaking for export markets. The goal? Perhaps her own words are best– vinos buenos, bonitos y baratos — good, honest, inexpensive everyday wine. The Milenrama Rioja range features a juicy, clean, unoaked joven Tempranillo for bistros and bottle shops alike, as well as crianza and reserva bottlings which are standout values at their respective price points.
Milenrama Rioja Crianza is made with 100% Tempranillo from gobelet-pruned 40-year-old vines grown on gravel over clay-limestone at altitudes of 300-500m. Harvesting by hand. 15 days of alcoholic fermentation in concrete tanks at 25 degrees. 23 days of malolactic fermentation after the alcoholic fermentation. Aged 12 months in American and French oak barrels.
Milenrama is a classic Rioja, it is an easy, approachable wine to be drunk young either on its own or as an accompaniment to many foods. It has a beautiful purple colour with aromas of red-fruits and liquorice. In the mouth it is very fruity with good length- a classic Rioja.