A native grape variety of Spain, Tempranillo is a black grape variety used for the production of full - bodied red wines. The name of this wine originates from the Spanish term ‘temprano’ which means “early” which refers to the early - ripening quality of this variety. This variety forms the backbone of the finest red wines hailing from Portugal and Spain. The berries are thick - skinned and have an intensely - deep colour because of high levels of anthocyanin present in them. Tempranillo works well with American oak, and oak aging in new barrels allows Tempranillo wines to develop notes of vanilla and coconut. Fresh flavours of plum, tomato and cherry fill up the palate along with notes of tobacco, clove, vanilla and leather. These wines taste especially delicious when coupled with food items like lasagna, grits, polenta, corn dishes, pizzas, tomato sauces, nachos, burritos, tacos, roasted vegetables and cured meats.