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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 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 Secretsfor 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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  • Hidalgo Tradicion H Gran Reserva 2012  Front Label
    Hidalgo Tradicion H Gran Reserva 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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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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  • El Coto Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2012 Front Label
    El Coto Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2012
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  • Hermanos Hernaiz El Pedal 2017  Front Label
    Hermanos Hernaiz El Pedal 2017
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Muga Reserva 2015 Front Label
    Bodegas Muga Reserva 2015
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  • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2007  Front Label
    R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2007
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2016 Front Label
    CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2015  Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2015
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    • Bodegas y Vinedos Alion  2015  Front Label
      Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2015
      Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    • Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2017  Front Label
      Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 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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    • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2016  Front Label
      Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2016
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • CVNE Crianza 2016  Front Label
      CVNE Crianza 2016
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2009 Front Label
      Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2009
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    • Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2014 Front Label
      Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2014
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    • Vinos Torremoron Tempranillo 2018  Front Label
      Vinos Torremoron Tempranillo 2018
      Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2013 Front Label
      Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2013
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      • Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009  Front Label
        Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009
        Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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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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      • Cuerno Ribera del Duero 2014 Front Label
        Cuerno Ribera del Duero 2014
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      • Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2012  Front Label
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      • Valduero Crianza 2016  Front Label
        Valduero Crianza 2016
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