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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 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 Secretsfor 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 Baigorri Vino de Garage 2002  Front Label
    Bodegas Baigorri Vino de Garage 2002
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2002 Front Label
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    • Bodegas Martinez Payva Tempranillo 2002 Front Label
      Bodegas Martinez Payva Tempranillo 2002
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      • Numanthia Termes 2002 Front Label
        Numanthia Termes 2002
        Tempranillo from Spain
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      • Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2002 Front Label
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        Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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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
          Tempranillo from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Castell del Remei Gotim Bru 2002 Front Label
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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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            • Berberana Dragon Tempranillo 2002 Front Label
              Berberana Dragon Tempranillo 2002
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              • Faustino VII Tempranillo 2002
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                • Berberana Vina Allarde Rioja Tempranillo 2002
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                  • CVNE Garnaca Tinta Rosado 2002 Front Label
                    CVNE Garnaca Tinta Rosado 2002
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                    • Campo Viejo Crianza 2002 Front Label
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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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                            • Bodegas Muga Reserva 2002 Front Label
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                              • Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2002 Front Label
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                                • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2002 Front Label
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                                  • Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2002 Front Label
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                                    • Pesquera Ribera del Duero Tinto 2002 Front Label
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                                      • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2002 Front Label
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                                      • Condesa de Leganza Crianza 2002 Front Label
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                                        • Faustino V Reserva 2002 Front Label
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