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Tempranillo (Red) (temp-rah-NEE-yo)
Regions: The primary grape of Rioja in Spain, Tempranillo is also planted heavily in many other appellations in Spain. There are smaller amounts planted in parts of California.
Characteristics: Tempranillo is capable of greatness in the best Rioja. It can make a full-bodied wine, but tends to be a bit lighter than Syrah or Cabernet, producing beautiful red fruits which have a supple and caressing texture and lovely aromatic complexity which brings Pinot Noir to mind.