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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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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Vina Real Gran Reserva 2012 Front Label
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  • Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 2012  Front Label
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  • Bodegas Lan Vina Lanciano Reserva 2012  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva 2008  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta Reserva Finca Martelo 2014  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Hermanos Pecina Finca Iscorta de Pecina Gran Reserva 2010 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2012  Front Label
    Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Hermanos Pecina Reserva 2013  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Ontanon Reserva 2010 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva 2011  Front Label
    Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva 2011
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Hermanos Pecina Senorio Crianza 2014  Front Label
    Hermanos Pecina Senorio Crianza 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Vivanco Reserva Rioja Seleccion de Familia 2014  Front Label
    Vivanco Reserva Rioja Seleccion de Familia 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Urbina Crianza 2011  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Real de Asua Rioja Reserva 2016  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Ostatu Rioja Crianza 2016  Front Label
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  • Ostatu Rioja Reserva 2013  Front Label
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  • Vina Bujanda Reserva 2014  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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