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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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  • CVNE Imperial Reserva Rioja 2015 Front Label
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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2012  Front Label
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  • Era Costana Reserva 2014  Front Label
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  • CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2014  Front Label
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja Gran Reserva 2014  Front Label
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  • Bodegas y Vinedos Alion  2016  Front Label
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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2017  Front Label
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  • CVNE Gran Reserva 2013  Front Label
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  • Bodegas Antidoto Ribera del Duero 2018  Front Label
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  • Numanthia Toro 2015  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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