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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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  • Contino Rioja Reserva 2015  Front Label
    Contino Rioja Reserva 2015
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Era Costana Reserva 2014  Front Label
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  • CVNE Real de Asua Rioja Reserva 2016  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Pagos de Vina Real 2016  Front Label
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  • Teso la Monja Romanico 2018  Front Label
    Teso la Monja Romanico 2018
    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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  • Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2017  Front Label
    Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2017
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 2010 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Sierra Cantabria Seleccion 2017  Front Label
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    • Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza 2015 Front Label
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    • Teso la Monja Almirez 2017  Front Label
      Teso la Monja Almirez 2017
      Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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    • Bodegas y Vinedos Alion  2016  Front Label
      Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2016
      Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    • CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2017  Front Label
      CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2017
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2016  Front Label
      Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2016
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2007 Front Label
      Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2007
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2010  Front Label
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    • Bodegas Cepa 21 Ribera del Duero 2016  Front Label
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      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Bodegas Mauro VS Vendimia Seleccionada 2017  Front Label
      Bodegas Mauro VS Vendimia Seleccionada 2017
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    • CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2012 Front Label
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    • Bodegas Muga Reserva 2017  Front Label
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