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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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  • Numanthia Toro 2003 Front Label
    Numanthia Toro 2003
    Tempranillo from Spain
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  • Bodegas y Vinedos Alion  2003 Front Label
    Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2003
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2003 Front Label
    Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2003
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 2003 Front Label
    Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 2003
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Artadi Pagos Viejos 2003
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Finca Allende  2003 Front Label
      Finca Allende 2003
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2003 Front Label
      Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2003
      Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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      • Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2003 Front Label
        Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2003
        Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2003 Front Label
          Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2003
          Tempranillo from Spain
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        • Bodegas Muga Reserva 2003 Front Label
          Bodegas Muga Reserva 2003
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2003 Front Label
          Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2003
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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          • Javier Asensio Tinto 2003 Front Label
            Javier Asensio Tinto 2003
            Tempranillo from Navarra, Spain
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            • Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2003 Front Label
              Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2003
              Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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              • Bodegas Castejon Nobul Red 2003 Front Label
                Bodegas Castejon Nobul Red 2003
                Tempranillo from Spain
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                • Marques de Riscal Tempranillo 2003 Front Label
                  Marques de Riscal Tempranillo 2003
                  Tempranillo from Rueda, Spain
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                  • Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2003 Front Label
                    Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2003
                    Tempranillo from Argentina
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                    • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2003 Front Label
                      R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2003
                      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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                    • Marques de Arienzo Crianza 2003 Front Label
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                      • Pesquera Ribera del Duero Tinto 2003 Front Label
                        Pesquera Ribera del Duero Tinto 2003
                        Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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                      • Faustino VII Tempranillo 2003 Front Label
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                        • Campo Viejo Crianza 2003 Front Label
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                          • La Vicalanda Rioja Tempranillo Reserva 2003 Front Label
                            La Vicalanda Rioja Tempranillo Reserva 2003
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                                • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2003 Front Label
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