A grape varietal, used in the production of red wine, originating in the Iberian Peninsula of Spain. Also grown in the Rioja region of Spain, Argentina, and the United States. It is the most significant red grape varietal in Spain and is blended with Mazuelo and Grenache.
Also known as: Tempranillo, Tinta Roriz, Ojo de Lieb're, Tinto del Pais, Ull'de Llebre, and Aragonez.
Characteristic: Produces wines low in acidity and alcohol. Hints of strawberry, plum, chocolate, smoke, coffee, tobacco and spice. Becomes earthy with age. Cencibel varietal wines can vary from complex to light everyday wine.
Ageing: Ages elegantly.
Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 61º-65º F.
Food pairing: Grilled meats, beef, lamb, pasta dishes with red sauce, and spicey foods.