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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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    Contino Rioja Reserva 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Real de Asua Rioja Reserva 2016  Front Label
    CVNE Real de Asua Rioja Reserva 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • El Coto Coto de Imaz Reserva 2016  Front Label
    El Coto Coto de Imaz Reserva 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia  2016  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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  • Familia Torres Altos Ibericos Crianza 2016  Front Label
    Familia Torres Altos Ibericos Crianza 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Eguren Ugarte Crianza 2016  Front Label
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  • Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2016  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Eguren Ugarte Cincuenta 2016  Front Label
    Eguren Ugarte Cincuenta 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Sierra Cantabria Reserva Unica 2016  Front Label
    Sierra Cantabria Reserva Unica 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Aster by La Rioja Alta Crianza 2016  Front Label
    Bodegas Aster by La Rioja Alta Crianza 2016
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2016  Front Label
    Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Tinto Reserva 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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    Bodegas Pujanza Finca Valdepoleo 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Vina Sastre Crianza 2016  Front Label
    Vina Sastre Crianza 2016
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    CVNE Pagos de Vina Real 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Bodegas Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Arzuaga Reserva Especial 2016
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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