This is Spain's classic varietal, known for its vibrancy and how well it complements so many foods and social occasions. Expressive when young and velvety rich when aged, it makes for wines that are medium to full-bodied with hints of vanilla and flavors of cherries, currants and coconut. Tempranillo also is known for its gorgeous raspberry freshness. Nearly 80 percent of all grapes grown in Rioja are Tempranillo. The true origin of the Tempranillo grape has been lost in the mists of time, but it has been suggested that pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago may have brought vines with them on their long journey from monasteries in Northern Europe.
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