You may not have heard of this red grape before, but you've probably heard of the famous wine it makes: Rioja [ree-OH-ha]. Tempranillo is grown almost exclusively in Spain, particularly in the Rioja district, where it's blended with Garnacha (Grenache) to make this world-class wine. Tempranillo is an early-ripening varietal and can thrive in some of the most inhospitable environments. Wines produced from Tempranillo are typically medium to medium-full-bodied with a garnet red color and moderate acidity. Though Tempranillo isn't typically dense, in perfect growing conditions the grapes can produce wines with the density of Cabernet Sauvignon and alcohol levels to match. Flavor characteristics include more red fruit notes than black, such as strawberry, red currant, some spicy notes of clove, and an earthy, leathery character. Tempranillo is not particularly perfumed, and more often than not it's blended with highly aromatic varietals such as Grenache. Tempranillo can be made in a young, zesty, fruity style for immediate drinking, or vinified to mature in oak for decades. Outside of Spain, the grape varietal has met with some limited success in Argentina, where it's known as Tempranilla.