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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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  • Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 1998 Front Label
    Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 1998
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 1998 Front Label
      La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 1998
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 1998 Front Label
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      • Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 1998  Front Label
        Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 1998
        Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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      • Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 1998 Front Label
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      • Enate Crianza (Cabernet/Tempranillo) 1998
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        • Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 1998 Front Label
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            • Bodegas Abel Mendoza Jarrarte 1998
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              • Bodegas Campillo Reserva Rioja 1998 Front Label
                Bodegas Campillo Reserva Rioja 1998
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                • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Reserva 1998 Front Label
                  Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Reserva 1998
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                  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 1998 Front Label
                    Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 1998
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                  • Marques de Arienzo Crianza 1998
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                  • Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 1998 Front Label
                    Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 1998
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                  • Sierra Cantabria Reserva 1998
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                    • Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial 1998 Front Label
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                    • Finca Allende Rioja Allende 1998 Front Label
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                      • Berberana Vina Alarde Rioja Reserva 1998 Front Label
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                        • Marques de Riscal Rioja Gran Reserva 1998 Front Label
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                            • Bodegas Montecillo Crianza Tinto 1998 Front Label
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                            • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 Tinto 1998 Front Label
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                            • Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Tempranillo 1998 Front Label
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