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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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  • 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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    • RP94
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  • Bodegas Muriel Crianza 2005 Front Label
    Bodegas Muriel Crianza 2005
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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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    • Ercavio Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
      Ercavio Tempranillo 2005
      Tempranillo from 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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    • Numanthia Termes 2005 Front Label
      Numanthia Termes 2005
      Tempranillo from Spain
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      • RP92
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    • Bodegas Ontanon Gran Reserva 2005 Front Label
      Bodegas Ontanon Gran Reserva 2005
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
      Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2005
      Tempranillo from Spain
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      • Numanthia Toro 2005 Front Label
        Numanthia Toro 2005
        Tempranillo from Spain
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        • WE94
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      • Bodegas Ontanon Reserva 2005 Front Label
        Bodegas Ontanon Reserva 2005
        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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        • 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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          • 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
              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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            • Numanthia Termanthia Toro 2005 Front Label
              Numanthia Termanthia Toro 2005
              Tempranillo from Spain
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            • Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2005 Front Label
              Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2005
              Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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              • Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo 2005 Front Label
                Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo 2005
                Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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              • Sierra Cantabria Rioja Tinto 2005 Front Label
                Sierra Cantabria Rioja Tinto 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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                • 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 Front Label
                  Castell del Remei Gotim Bru 2005
                  Tempranillo from Spain
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