If you're seeking wines from Ribera del Duero, you're seeking one thing -- reds. In fact, the region only grows one lone type of white grape, the Albillo, and it's generally reserved for local wine [source: Spanish Fiestas]. So unless you're planning a trip to the Ribera del Duero wine region, if you're looking to try a Ribera del Duero wine, you're stuck with reds. Luckily, there is a reason Ribera del Duero is known for its reds -- they're the best.
The most famous wine of the Ribera del Duero wine region is, unequivocally, the red wine made exclusively from Tinta Fino, or Tempranillo (see more about this grape in the sidebar). The Tinto Fino grape is responsible for more than 90 percent of all wine production within the Ribera del Duero Wine Region [source: Cellar Tours]. This wine, as with many wines of the Ribera del Duero region, is mono-varietal, meaning it is only made from a single variety of grape [source: Dawes]. In this case, it's the Tinta Fino and it's often labeled "Tempranillo."
There are some multi-varietal reds and rosés in Ribera. These include Cabernets, Garnachas (Grenaches) and Merlots [source: Dawes]. While Ribera del Duero reds are often aged for years -- sometimes several decades -- if you're looking for a young wine, try a rosé. Ribera del Duero's rosés are ready soon after they are produced [source: Ribera del Duero].
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