About This Wine
You may not know it by name, but you may know Tempranillo.
For decades, this dark-skinned winegrape has provided the backbone to some of Spain’s most acclaimed wines, particularly from the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Its name means “little early one,” a reference to the variety’s tendency to ripen earlier than its traditional blending partner, Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache).
Tempranillo is considered an Old World grape, but many Spanish vintners — including those at Rio Grande — now are taking a New World approach with it as we proceed in the second decade of the 21st century. They’re now including the grape’s name on the bottle label, finally giving Tempranillo its due.
The 2009 Rio Grande Tempranillo is a very food-friendly wine, pairing nicely with everything from simple tapas to elaborate pork dishes. With its enticing fruit and mild earth aromas and flavors, it’s a wine you’ll want to get to know better.
Its aromas and flavors often combine elements of berryish fruit, herbaceousness, and an earthy-leathery minerality. Rarely bottled as a stand-alone varietal, but frequently used as the base variety in blends.
- Grape Composition:Tempranillo and Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Carinena Growing Region of Spain
- Aromas & Flavors:Cherry, Strawberry, Plum and a Subtle Earth Note
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestionpork dishes, or tapas.