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Tempranillo, a black grape, is native to the Iberian peninsula and it dominates so many of the greatest Spanish wines. It is one of the primary grapes in such regions as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, and Toro. But even then it is flexible enough to be grown down in some of the southern regions of Spain, like Ribera Guadiana or La Mancha. There are about 100 different names for the grape and it changes from region to region.
Depending on where the grape is grown, it could be as full-bodied as a California Cabernet or Bordeaux, or have the delicateness and sophistication of a Burgundy. The main flavors and aromas are that of dark berries (raspberries, blackberries etc.)and violets. It is also a great grape to use in blending. In Rioja (the "Bordeaux of Spain") the grape blends perfectly with Grenache or even Graciano. In Priorat, some winemakers blend it with Syrah, or even Cabernet.
The flexibility and variety of this spectacular grape would astonish anyone. So if you want some adventure in your life, and wine, grab some Tempranillo and enjoy all the the gorgeousness that the Iberian peninsula can offer.
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