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Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins and a bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions and important throughout most of Spain. Depending on location, it takes on a few synonyms; in Penedès, it is known as Ull de Llebre and in Valdepeñas, goes by Cencibel. Furthermore in Portugal, known as Tinta Roriz, it is a key component both in Port wines and the dry red wines of the Douro. The New World regions of California, Washington and Oregon have all had success with Tempranillo, producing a ripe, amicable and fruit-dominant style of red.

Tasting Notes for Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a dry, red wine and produces medium-weight reds with strawberry and black fruit characteristics. Depending on growing conditions and winemaking, it can produce hints of spice, toast, leather, tobacco, herb or vanilla.

Perfect Food Pairings for Tempranillo

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and good acidity make it extremely food friendly. Pair these with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew or paella.

Sommelier Secrets for Tempranillo

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a naming system is in place to indicate how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release. Rioja labeled Joven (a fresh and fruity style) spends a year or less in oak, whereas Gran Reserva (complex and age-worthy) must be matured for a minimum of two years in oak and three years in bottle before release. Requirements on Crianza and Reserva fall in between.

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    Bodegas Muga Reserva 2016
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Seleccion Especial 2010  Front Label
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  • Bodegas Ordonez – Toro Triton Tinta de Toro 2017  Front Label
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  • Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009  Front Label
    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009
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  • Siglo Gran Reserva 2009  Front Label
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  • CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2016 Front Label
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  • Dominio de Atauta Torre de Golban Reserva 2015  Front Label
    Dominio de Atauta Torre de Golban Reserva 2015
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Bodegas Urbina Gran Reserva 1994 Front Label
    Bodegas Urbina Gran Reserva 1994
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  • Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2014 Front Label
    Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2014
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  • Dominio de Pingus Psi 2017  Front Label
    Dominio de Pingus Psi 2017
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2015  Front Label
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2015
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Hermanos Hernaiz El Pedal 2018  Front Label
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  • Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2017  Front Label
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  • Era Costana Reserva 2014  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • El Coto Coto de Imaz Reserva 2015  Front Label
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      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Portia Crianza 2016  Front Label
      Portia Crianza 2016
      Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    • Numanthia Toro 2015  Front Label
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    • Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2018  Front Label
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    • Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2015  Front Label
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    • Bodegas Lan Rioja Reserva 2012 Front Label
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    • Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido Gran Reserva 2007  Front Label
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