Milénico is borne of lands that were won and lost a thousand years ago, where the Duero River was once a border dividing two worlds. Socastillo is one of the steep slopes where Milénico got its start, and it recalls the former frontier fortress located at its highest point, where today only peaceful panoramas and memories of times long past remain.

The other hillsides on the right bank of the Duero River (most just a scant few hundred meters from the river) have place-names that refer either to the hillsides themselves, such as Solapeña (lone ridge), or name the byways to destinations, like Carraroa (the way to Roa).

They are poor lands for other crops, having been formed mainly by the runoff from the steep slopes bordering the valley of the Duero River, that join the river with the highlands at elevations of between 750 and 800 meters. The land is well-ventilated and gets a lot of sun, both natural factors that provide the optimal conditions for a healthy vine and for the ripening grapes.


More information on the vintages: 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2018

Barrel aged / Crianza-grade 12 months in French oak barrels (85%) and American (15%) with 225 and 500 liter capacities. 12 months in bottle.
Private vineyards Selection of grapes from 2 private plots that comprise 3 hectares.
Origin Designation Ribera del Duero
Variety 100% Tempranillo, planted in the early 1990s.
Soil Lime, clay, and sand composition at 750-800 meters above sea level
Climate /Precipitation Continental / 450 mm
Yield per hectare Varies among plots from 3,000 to 3,500 kg/hectare
Fermentation 2,500 liter capacity open-air stainless steel 20 days of fermentation at temperatures of 25-28ºC
Maceration For 4 to 5 weeks. Stirred by hand.
Ratings 2018: 93 IWC, Silver (International Wine Challenge 2021) - 92 Hotellerie Gastronomie, (Switzerland, 2021)- 90 Fine Magazine (Germany, 2021)
2016: 16.5 Vinum (2020) -91 Decanter (2019) - 89 Guía Peñín (2019)
2015: 88 Andreas Larson (2018) - 87 Guía Peñín (2018)
2014: 92 Oro, Vinus (2018) - 87 Bronce - Decanter (2018)- 16 Weinzeitung (Suiza, 2016)
Tasting note Fine pear nose of baked jam blackfruits, plenty of grip and power - structured, long, ageworthy. An emmense creature. (IWC)

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