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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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  • Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2012 Front Label
    Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • El Coto Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2012 Front Label
      El Coto Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2012
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2014 Front Label
      Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2014
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2007 Front Label
      Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2007
      Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    • Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 2009 Front Label
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      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2011 Front Label
      Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2011
      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 y Vinedos Pintia  2014  Front Label
      Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia 2014
      Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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    • Bodegas Montecillo Crianza Tinto 2016  Front Label
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      • Vina Sastre Crianza 2012 Front Label
        Vina Sastre Crianza 2012
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        • Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2014 Front Label
          Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2014
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2012 Front Label
          CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2012
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Marques de Caceres Organic Red 2017  Front Label
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          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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          • Dominio Basconcillos Vina Magna 6 Meses 2016 Front Label
            Dominio Basconcillos Vina Magna 6 Meses 2016
            Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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          • Bodegas Mauro  2016 Front Label
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          • Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2014 Front Label
            Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2014
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          • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2006  Front Label
            R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2006
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          • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2006 Front Label
            Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2006
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          • Bodegas y Vinedos Alion  2014  Front Label
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          • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2007 Front Label
            Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2007
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          • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2005 Front Label
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            Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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          • Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2015  Front Label
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          • Benjamin Romeo Contador 2011 Front Label
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          • Pesquera Reserva 2012  Front Label
            Pesquera Reserva 2012
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