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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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  • Hidalgo Tradicion H Gran Reserva 2012  Front Label
    Hidalgo Tradicion H Gran Reserva 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2016 Front Label
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  • Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2017  Front Label
    Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2017
    Tempranillo from La Mancha, Spain
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  • Bodegas Cepa 21 Ribera del Duero 2016  Front Label
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  • Cuerno Ribera del Duero 2015  Front Label
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  • Convento San Francisco Roble 2016 Front Label
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    • Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2018  Front Label
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    • Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2015  Front Label
      Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2015
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    • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2015  Front Label
      Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2015
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      • CVNE Vina Real Reserva 2014 Front Label
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      • Carlos Serres Gran Reserva 2012  Front Label
        Carlos Serres Gran Reserva 2012
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      • Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2015  Front Label
        Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2015
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        • CVNE Seleccion de Fincas Tempranillo 2018  Front Label
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        • Emilio Moro Malleolus 2017  Front Label
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        • Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2018  Front Label
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          • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2011  Front Label
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          • La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2015  Front Label
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          • La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto (375ML half-bottle) 2014  Front Label
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          • Carlos Serres Old Vines Tempranillo 2018  Front Label
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