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Tempranillo, Private

Tempranillo, (Private Reserve) Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: Tempranillo, while little known in the United States, is one of the world's most renowned grapes. The Spanish native is best known for producing the great red wines of the Rioja region. Our Tempranillo lives up to its proud heritage. The wine is incredibly smooth and loaded with fruit. A strong backbone of soft tannins have produced a wine that drinks well young, but will also age gracefully for years. Pair it with a flavorful paella for a perfect match in the style of its homeland.

Varietal Definition
The Tempranillo is to Rioja what Pinot Noir is to Burgundy. By far Spain's most noble indigenous grape it has similar characteristics to the Pinot - strawberries when young, earthy vegetal when mature - and it ages very well. It ripens early ('temprana' is the Spanish for 'early') is thick-skinned and gives good colour and extract but low alcohol and acidity. In Rioja it is blended with the more fiery Garnacha and a little Mazuelo and Graciano. It is grown throughout Spain but very much as a grape for blending as opposed to a straight varietal. Outside Spain the grape is quite prolific in Argentina and to a lesser extent in California.


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