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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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  • Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2002 Front Label
    Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2002
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Numanthia Termes 2002
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  • Bodegas Martinez Payva Tempranillo 2002 Front Label
    Bodegas Martinez Payva Tempranillo 2002
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    • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2002 Front Label
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      • Campo Viejo Crianza 2002 Front Label
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        • Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2002 Front Label
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          • Senorio de San Vicente Rioja 2002 Front Label
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            • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2002 Front Label
              R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2002
              Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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            • Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Tempranillo 2002 Front Label
              Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Tempranillo 2002
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              • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2002 Front Label
                Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2002
                Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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              • Castell del Remei Gotim Bru 2002 Front Label
                Castell del Remei Gotim Bru 2002
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                • Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2002 Front Label
                  Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2002
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                  • Faustino VII Tempranillo 2002
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                    • CVNE Garnaca Tinta Rosado 2002 Front Label
                      CVNE Garnaca Tinta Rosado 2002
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                      • Berberana Vina Allarde Rioja Tempranillo 2002
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                        • Bodegas Castejon Nobul Red 2002 Front Label
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                          • Bodegas Nekeas Tempranillo - Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                            • Faustino Crianza 2002 Front Label
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                              • Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2002 Front Label
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                                • Bodegas Muga Reserva 2002 Front Label
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                                  • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2002 Front Label
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                                    • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2002 Front Label
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                                      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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                                      • Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2002 Front Label
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                                        • CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2002 Front Label
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