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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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    Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Tinto Reserva 2004
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    Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Fincas de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 2004
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    Finca Torremilanos Cyclo 2004
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    Numanthia Toro 2004
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    Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia 2004
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    Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2004
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    Convento San Francisco Special Selection 2004
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    Bodegas Muga Aro 2004
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    Numanthia Termanthia Toro 2004
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    Aalto 2004
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    Valduero 6 Anos Valduero Reserva Premium (slightly torn label) 2004
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    Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2004
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2004
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    Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2004
    Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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