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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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  • Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2005 Front Label
    Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2005
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Numanthia Toro 2005 Front Label
    Numanthia Toro 2005
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  • Ercavio Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
    Ercavio Tempranillo 2005
    Tempranillo from Spain
    • RP90
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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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  • Bodegas Ontanon Gran Reserva 2005 Front Label
    Bodegas Ontanon Gran Reserva 2005
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2005 Front Label
    Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 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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      • Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2005 Front Label
        Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2005
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        • Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
          Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2005
          Tempranillo from Argentina
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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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          • Campo Viejo Crianza 2005 Front Label
            Campo Viejo Crianza 2005
            Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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            • Numanthia Termes 2005 Front Label
              Numanthia Termes 2005
              Tempranillo from Spain
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            • Frontaura Toro Reserva 2005 Front Label
              Frontaura Toro Reserva 2005
              Tempranillo from 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
                Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
                • RP91
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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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              • Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2005 Front Label
                Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2005
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              • Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2005 Front Label
                Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2005
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                • Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
                  Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo 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 Rioja Tinto 2005 Front Label
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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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                  • Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Mirto 2005 Front Label
                    Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Mirto 2005
                    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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                    Castell del Remei Gotim Bru 2005
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                    • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2005 Front Label
                      La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2005
                      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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