Tempranillo produces wines with aromas of red berries, medium acidity, and medium tannins. Young, unaged versions are simple, fruity, and easy-going. When aged in oak barrels, they take on extra weight and complexity along with notes of vanilla, baking spices, and savory grilled herbs. Spanish wineries have a tradition of holding their age-worthy wines and releasing them to the market only when they’re ready. A Gran Reserva from Rioja is one of the easiest and most economical ways to experience a well-aged wine.
Food Pairing: Lamb, roast chicken, braised meat
Pronunciation: tem prah NEE yoh