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Tempranillo Wine

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins and a bright acidity, Tempranillo wine 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.

Tempranillo Tasting Notes

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.

Tempranillo Food Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and good acidity make it extremely food friendly. Tempranillo wine can be paried with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew or paella.

Sommelier Secrets for Tempranillo Wine

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 Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2007
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2007 Front Label
    Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2007
    Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 2007 Front Label
    Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 2007
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Numanthia Toro 2007 Front Label
    Numanthia Toro 2007
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Lan Culmen Reserva 2007 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Numanthia Termanthia Toro 2007
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    Teso la Monja Alabaster 2007
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  • Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia  2007 Front Label
    Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia 2007
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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