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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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  • Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero 2006 Front Label
    Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero 2006
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Volteo Tempranillo 2006 Front Label
    Volteo Tempranillo 2006
    Tempranillo from Spain
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  • Bodegas Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea 2006 Front Label
    Bodegas Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea 2006
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2006 Front Label
    Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2006
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Hermanos Pecina Vendimia Seleccionada 2006 Front Label
    Hermanos Pecina Vendimia Seleccionada 2006
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2006 Front Label
    Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2006
    Tempranillo from Argentina
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    Numanthia Termes 2006
    Tempranillo from Spain
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  • Bodegas Muga Reserva 2006 Front Label
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  • Santa Julia Reserva Tempranillo 2006 Front Label
    Santa Julia Reserva Tempranillo 2006
    Tempranillo from Argentina
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    • CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2006 Front Label
      CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2006
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2006 Front Label
      Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2006
      Tempranillo from Spain
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    • Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva 2006 Front Label
      Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva 2006
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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      • Familia Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2006 Front Label
        Familia Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2006
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        • Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2006 Front Label
          Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2006
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5 2006 Front Label
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          Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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          Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2006
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Bodegas Palacio Especial Reserva 2006 Front Label
          Bodegas Palacio Especial Reserva 2006
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Reserva 2006 Front Label
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          • Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido 2006 Front Label
            Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido 2006
            Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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          • Breton Lorinon Reserva 2006 Front Label
            Breton Lorinon Reserva 2006
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          • La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2006 Front Label
            La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2006
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              Vina Zaco 2006
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            • Aalto  2006 Front Label
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              Marques de Riscal Baron de Chirel 2006
              Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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