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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 Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2005 Front Label
    Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2005
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Romero & Miller Rioja Rentas de Fincas Reserva 2005 Front Label
    Romero & Miller Rioja Rentas de Fincas Reserva 2005
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2005 Front Label
    CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2005
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2005 Front Label
    Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2005
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Ercavio Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
    Ercavio Tempranillo 2005
    Tempranillo from Spain
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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 Ontanon Reserva 2005 Front Label
    Bodegas Ontanon Reserva 2005
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Campo Viejo Crianza 2005 Front Label
    Campo Viejo Crianza 2005
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    • Frontaura Toro Reserva 2005 Front Label
      Frontaura Toro Reserva 2005
      Tempranillo from Spain
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    • Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
      Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2005
      Tempranillo from Argentina
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      • Finca Allende  2005 Front Label
        Finca Allende 2005
        Tempranillo from Rioja, 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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        • Resalte de Penafiel Crianza 2005 Front Label
          Resalte de Penafiel Crianza 2005
          Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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        • Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2005 Front Label
          Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2005
          Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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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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        • Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 Front Label
          Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2005
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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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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        • Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2005 Front Label
          Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2005
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              • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2005 Front Label
                La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2005
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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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