Grown in the Iberian Peninsula since 1100 B.C.,?Tempranillo?is not only the backbone to?Spain?s?many notable red wines, but one of the country?s most famous grapes. Its name comes from the Spanish word?temprano?meaning early, which is fitting because this grape often ripens before others. Typically medium-to-full in body and structured by firm?tannins, these bottles can often age well. With flavors that can range from fruity to savory and herbal, there?s a Tempranillo for all wine lovers. Here are some of our top picks right now.
Chunky obtuse aromas of berry fruits are a bit damp and volatile. This is heavy and severely tannic, while blackened berry and prune flavors come across a bit stewed. A drawing tannic finish brings this to a close.?MICHAEL SCHACHNER