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Tempranillo

Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity...

Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

In the Glass

Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

Perfect Pairings

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

Sommelier Secret

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.

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    La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2009
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    La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2012
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    R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005
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    Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2012
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    Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2012
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    La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2009
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    Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011
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    La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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    La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja Reserva 2009
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    Carlos Serres Reserva 2011
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    Emilio Moro Malleolus 2015
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    La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 Tinto 2004
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    La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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    CVNE Gran Reserva 2011
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    Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2015
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    CVNE Imperial Reserva Rioja 2011
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    Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero 2012
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    Bodegas Volver Paso A Paso Tinto 2016
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    Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2010
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    CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2014
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    Pesquera Ribera del Duero Tinto 2014
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