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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 Muga Reserva 2017
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    CVNE Crianza 2017
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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2017  Front Label
    Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2017
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Garmon Continental  2017  Front Label
    Garmon Continental 2017
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Bodegas Mauro VS Vendimia Seleccionada 2017  Front Label
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  • Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2017  Front Label
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    • Bodegas Ordonez – Toro Vatan Tinta de Toro 2017  Front Label
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    • Pago de Los Capellanes Crianza 2017  Front Label
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    • Numanthia Termes 2017  Front Label
      Numanthia Termes 2017
      Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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    • Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2017  Front Label
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      • Marques de Caceres Organic Red 2017  Front Label
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        Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta Finca San Martin Crianza 2017  Front Label
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          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Tridente EntreSuelos Tempranillo 2017  Front Label
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        • Orben Rioja 2017  Front Label
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              • El Coto Crianza 2017  Front Label
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                Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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              • Sierra Cantabria Seleccion 2017  Front Label
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                • Navardia Tinto Joven 2017  Front Label
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                  • Bodegas de la Real Divisa Marques de Legarda Crianza 2017  Front Label
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