|Wednesday| Spanish Red Grape Varietals
Garnacha: See Grenache. One of the world most widely cultivated red grapes. Does well in hot, dry regions, and its strong stalk makes it well suited for windy conditions. 15-16% alcohol and sweet, fruity, very low in tannin. Originated in Spain and was call “Garnacha Tinta/Garnacha Tinto” and is the most widely cultivated red-wine grape in Spain.
Graciano: High quality red wine grape grown in the Rioja and Navarra regions of Spain. Rich color, lovely fragrant aroma, a hint of spice. Good for blending with low acid varieties like Tempranillo.
Mazuelo: See Carignan.
Monastrell: After Garnacha Tinta (Grenache), this grape is Spain second most widely planted red variety. Moderate color, high alcohol, and low in acidity.
Tempranillo: Important Spanish wine. Versatile grape capable of yielding big, full bodied reds with firm tannins and loads of complexity to very light and easy drinking wine with light tannins. Red fruit flavors, cherry, ripe strawberry with rustic nuances of leather and earth. Elegant, complex wine. Also known as Tinto de Toro, Tinto Fino, and TInto del Pais.