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 Reserva is made with 100% Temparnillo, gobelet pruning, manual winegrowing. 40-year-old vines with 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 for 18 months in American and French oak barrels.
Milenrama Rioja Reserva is burgundy red color; complex nose with aromas of fresh fruit, spices, tobacco and dried fruits. All perfectly integrated. Velvety in the mouth; smooth tannins and a long aftertaste.