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Tempranillo is Spain’s premier and most planted grape variety, accounting for around 20% of all Spanish plantings. Tempranillo translates to “a bit early” in Spanish and its name refers to the grape’s growing cycle, since it both buds and ripens early. Tempranillo is the base of many of Spain’s iconic wines and it is highly regarded by winemakers because of its tremendous versatility and adaptability. 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 is extremely sensitive to both its growing environment and to winemaking techniques, which makes it difficult to list the most representative aroma descriptors.

Tempranillo Food Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained soft tannins and good acidity make it extremely food friendly. Tempranillo wine can be paired with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew or paella. Tempranillo also pairs well with traditional dishes from Castile and León (Castilla y León) like roasted lamb or sucking pig (lechazo and cochinillo respectively) or pork chops Sarmiento style (chuletillas al sarmiento). The young wines, in which Tempranillo dominates, offer bright red fruit and licorice flavors that are a good match for the many vegetable dishes that La Rioja de Navarra has to offer.

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 Seleccion Especial 2005 Front Label
    Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial 2005
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Ercavio Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
    Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2005
    Tempranillo from Argentina
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    • Bodegas Ontanon Gran Reserva 2005 Front Label
      Bodegas Ontanon Gran Reserva 2005
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2005 Front Label
      Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2005
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      • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 Tinto 2005  Front Label
        La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 Tinto 2005
        Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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      • Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2005  Front Label
        Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2005
        Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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      • Bodegas Ontanon Reserva 2005 Front Label
        Bodegas Ontanon Reserva 2005
        Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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      • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005 Front Label
        R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005
        Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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      • Resalte de Penafiel Crianza 2005 Front Label
        Resalte de Penafiel Crianza 2005
        Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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      • Pesquera Ribera del Duero Tinto 2005 Front Label
        Pesquera Ribera del Duero Tinto 2005
        Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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      • Kenneth Volk Starr Ranch Vineyard Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
        Kenneth Volk Starr Ranch Vineyard Tempranillo 2005
        Tempranillo from Central Coast, California
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        • Finca Allende  2005 Front Label
          Finca Allende 2005
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        • Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 Front Label
          Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2005
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Numanthia Toro 2005 Front Label
          Numanthia Toro 2005
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        • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
          La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2005
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2005 Front Label
          Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2005
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        • Numanthia Termanthia Toro 2005 Front Label
          Numanthia Termanthia Toro 2005
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        • Artadi Vina el Pison (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2005  Front Label
          Artadi Vina el Pison (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2005
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          • Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2005 Front Label
            Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2005
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            • Sierra Cantabria Rioja Tinto 2005 Front Label
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              • Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2005 Front Label
                Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2005
                Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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              • Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2005  Front Label
                Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2005
                Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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