De Andres Sisters Milenrama Tempranillo 2019

This is not really a “value wine” in the sense that it’s inexpensive. True: It is that. But it racked up a 90-point rating from one of the best-known (and among the stingiest) reviewers, Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media. He said, “Deep, shimmering red. Lively cherry and spice cake aromas and flavors and a hint of peppery spiciness. Juicy and energetic in style, showing good depth, repeating spiciness and discreet tannins on the nicely persistent finish. Drink this easygoing Rioja on the young side.” It will last until 2024 and I can tell you it’s drinking wonderfully well right now. It’s produced by “Ruth de Andrés whose 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.” The wine is available for $10/-$12/bottle. Google “2019 De Andres Sisters Milenrama Tempranillo $” and see what happens!

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