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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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  • Bodegas Urbina Gran Reserva 1994 Front Label
    Bodegas Urbina Gran Reserva 1994
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    • Marques de Arienzo Reserva 1994 Front Label
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      • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Reserva 1994
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        • CVNE Vina Real Gran Reserva 1994 Front Label
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        • Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 1994 Front Label
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        • Marques de Caceres Gaudium Gran Vino 1994 Front Label
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          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 1994
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          • Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 1994 Front Label
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            • Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 1994 Front Label
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            • Faustino I Gran Reserva 1994 Front Label
              Faustino I Gran Reserva 1994
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            • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 1994 Front Label
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              • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 1994 Front Label
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              • Marques de Arienzo Grand Reserva 1994 Front Label
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              • El Coto Coto de Imaz Reserva 1994
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                • Paternina Vina Vial Reserva 1994
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                  • Marques de Riscal Baron de Chirel 1994 Front Label
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                    • Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva (1.5L) 1994
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                      • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 1994  Front Label
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                      • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 1994 Front Label
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                        • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva 1994 Front Label
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                        • Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva Seleccion Especial 130 1994 Front Label
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                          • Bodegas Campillo Gran Reserva Rioja 1994  Front Label
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                          • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 Tinto 1994 Front Label
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                          • Pesquera Janus 1994
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