What is Tempranillo?
Tempranillo is a thick-skinned, black grape that is native to Spain. The name Tempranillo means “little early one”, referencing the grapes tendency to ripen early. It grows quite vigorously, which means crop thinning and pruning is necessary. The wine produced is full bodied with medium tannins and acidity, and is often oaked. Major producers include Spain, Australia, Oregon, and California. It is the main grape in Rioja wine.
Style of Tempranillo
Tempranillo can be bottled on its own; however, it is often blended with Grenache and Carignan.
Aromas & Flavors
Typical aromas include plum, blackberry, vanilla, herbal, and leather. The flavor profile includes plum, strawberry, cherry, vanilla, all spice, leather, and earth.
Mexican food, tapas, pork, and pizza tend to go well with Tempranillo.
ABV & Calorie Count
The alcohol by volume (ABV) content is usually around 13% to 14.5%. The calorie count is around 120 calories for a 5 ounce glass.