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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 Seleccion Especial 2010  Front Label
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  • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2007  Front Label
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  • Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2017  Front Label
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  • CVNE Crianza 2016  Front Label
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  • Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009  Front Label
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  • Bodegas y Vinedos Alion  2015  Front Label
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  • Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2015  Front Label
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2015
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  • Bodegas Cepa 21 Ribera del Duero 2016  Front Label
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  • Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
    Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2015
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja Gran Reserva 2012  Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja Gran Reserva 2012
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  • Emilio Moro Malleolus de Valderramiro 2015  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • CVNE Vina Real Gran Reserva 2012 Front Label
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  • Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia  2014  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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  • Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Fincas de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 2013 Front Label
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  • Orben Rioja 2015  Front Label
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  • Vina Sastre Crianza 2015  Front Label
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