Tempranillo is Spain's top grape, other than Garnacha. Perhaps the most famous examples of Tempranillo wines are from Rioja, which are traditionally highly prized for their complexity and ageing potential. Today's technology allows the making of younger-drinking, more reasonably-priced Tempranillo wines. It's now possible to drink some delicious examples of this grape without having to wait, or shell out for a Reserva.
On the nose, experience aromas of ripe dark fruit like plum, fig, and licorice. On the palate, more of the same, with flavours of cherry, and tomato. Acidity is moderate, which is normal for Tempranillo, with above average fine tannins that build to a smooth finish. Try pairing with pizza, smoky, grilled beats, or corn-based dishes.