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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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  • Numanthia Toro 2003 Front Label
    Numanthia Toro 2003
    Tempranillo from Spain
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    • WE94
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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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  • 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 Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
      Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 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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        • Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition Rioja 2003 Front Label
          Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition Rioja 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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          • Bodegas Muga Reserva 2003 Front Label
            Bodegas Muga Reserva 2003
            Tempranillo from Rioja, 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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            • Artadi Pagos Viejos 2003 Front Label
              Artadi Pagos Viejos 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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                • Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2003 Front Label
                  Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2003
                  Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, 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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                      • Faustino VII Tempranillo 2003 Front Label
                        Faustino VII Tempranillo 2003
                        Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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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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                        • Campo Viejo Crianza 2003 Front Label
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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
                            Marques de Arienzo Crianza 2003
                            Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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                            • Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2003 Front Label
                              Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2003
                              Tempranillo from Argentina
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                              • Breton Lorinon Crianza Rioja 2003 Front Label
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                                Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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                              • Marco Real Tempranillo 2003 Front Label
                                Marco Real Tempranillo 2003
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                              • Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2003 Front Label
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                                Tempranillo from Spain
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                              • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2003 Front Label
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                                • La Vicalanda Rioja Tempranillo Reserva 2003 Front Label
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                                  Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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