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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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    La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2012
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  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2011  Front Label
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  • Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 2012  Front Label
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    • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2007 Front Label
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    • Faustino I Gran Reserva 2009  Front Label
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    • CVNE Vina Real Gran Reserva 2012 Front Label
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    • R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva 2008  Front Label
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    • R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2012  Front Label
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    • Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 2010 Front Label
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    • CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2014  Front Label
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    • Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva 2011  Front Label
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    • CVNE Gran Reserva 2012 Front Label
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    • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2010  Front Label
      Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2010
      Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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      • Bodegas Campillo Reserva Selecta 2012  Front Label
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      • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2008  Front Label
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        • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
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