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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  Front Label
    Bodegas Muga Reserva 2016
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  • El Coto Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2012 Front Label
    El Coto Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2012
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Seleccion Especial 2010  Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Seleccion Especial 2010
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  • Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2015  Front Label
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2015
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  • CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2016 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2011  Front Label
    CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2011
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Ordonez – Toro Triton Tinta de Toro 2017  Front Label
    Bodegas Ordonez – Toro Triton Tinta de Toro 2017
    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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  • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2008  Front Label
    R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2008
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Valduero Crianza 2016  Front Label
    Valduero Crianza 2016
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Bodegas y Vinedos Alion  2016  Front Label
    Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2016
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  • Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido Gran Reserva 2007  Front Label
    Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido Gran Reserva 2007
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2014  Front Label
    Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Cuerno Ribera del Duero 2015  Front Label
    Cuerno Ribera del Duero 2015
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • CVNE Imperial Reserva Rioja 2015 Front Label
    CVNE Imperial Reserva Rioja 2015
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  • Hermanos Hernaiz El Pedal 2018  Front Label
    Hermanos Hernaiz El Pedal 2018
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2015  Front Label
    Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2015
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  • CVNE Crianza 2016  Front Label
    CVNE Crianza 2016
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  • Arzuaga Gran Reserva 2010  Front Label
    Arzuaga Gran Reserva 2010
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 2015 Front Label
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  • Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2015  Front Label
    Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2015
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    Numanthia Toro 2015
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    Bodegas Izadi Rioja Reserva 2015
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  • Bodegas Beronia Crianza 2016  Front Label
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  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2018  Front Label
    Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2018
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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