Tempranillo is arguably the premier grape of Spain (though Garnacha is more widely and heavily planted). So why is it not talked about more? Mentioned amongst the Bordeaux’s, Burgundies, Napa’s of the world? Perhaps becuase it has over 13 aliases depending upon the region from which it hails. The main reason Tempranillo has so many pseudonyms is that the grape mutates to adapt to the various microclimates it finds itself in throughout Spain, Portugal, California, Australia and beyond. The grape is durable, a winner, a survivor and runs the gamut of styles from soft and fruity and simple to big and bold and age worthy. In Portugal the grape is Zinfandel-like, in Toro the warm climate gives a saucy, racy flavor profile. We’re going to take a look at 3 wines from Rioja and 3 wines from Ribera del Duero side by side, vintage for vintage! From 2016 semi-Crianzas, to 2011 vintages with some age and more oak, all the way back to 2005 vintages which have mellowed and aged to a near perfection. This is an event not to be missed.