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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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  • Bodegas Valderiz Ribera del Duero 2017  Front Label
    Bodegas Valderiz Ribera del Duero 2017
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Bodegas Ordonez – Toro Triton Tinta de Toro 2017  Front Label
    Bodegas Ordonez – Toro Triton Tinta de Toro 2017
    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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  • Finca Torremilanos Los Cantos de Torremilanos 2017  Front Label
    Finca Torremilanos Los Cantos de Torremilanos 2017
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    • Vetus Flor de Vetus 2017  Front Label
      Vetus Flor de Vetus 2017
      Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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    • Santa Julia Organica Tempranillo 2017 Front Label
      Santa Julia Organica Tempranillo 2017
      Tempranillo from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Matsu El Viejo 2017  Front Label
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        Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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        • Aalto  2017  Front Label
          Aalto 2017
          Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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        • Flaco Tempranillo 2017  Front Label
          Flaco Tempranillo 2017
          Tempranillo from Spain
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        • Dominio de Pingus Psi 2017  Front Label
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          Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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        • Curran Tempranillo 2017 Front Label
          Curran Tempranillo 2017
          Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero 2017  Front Label
            Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero 2017
            Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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            • Bodegas Volver Paso A Paso Tinto 2017  Front Label
              Bodegas Volver Paso A Paso Tinto 2017
              Tempranillo from La Mancha, Spain
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              • Finca Torremilanos Montecastrillo Tinto 2017  Front Label
                Finca Torremilanos Montecastrillo Tinto 2017
                Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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                • Azul y Garanza Tempranillo (1 Liter) 2017 Front Label
                  Azul y Garanza Tempranillo (1 Liter) 2017
                  Tempranillo from Navarra, Spain
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                  • Bodega Rejadorada Tinto Roble 2017  Front Label
                    Bodega Rejadorada Tinto Roble 2017
                    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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                    • Bodegas Valderiz Joven Ribera del Duero 2017  Front Label
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                    • Azul y Garanza Tempranillo 2017 Front Label
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                      • Bokisch Vineyards Tempranillo 2017  Front Label
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                        • Matsu El Recio 2017  Front Label
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                        • Orben Rioja 2017  Front Label
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                          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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                        • Bodegas Valderiz Valdehermoso Roble 2017  Front Label
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                          Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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                        • Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2017  Front Label
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                          Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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                        • Finca Torremilanos Cyclo 2017  Front Label
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                          • Vizcarra Senda del Oro 2017  Front Label
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