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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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  • Faustino I Gran Reserva 2009  Front Label
    Faustino I Gran Reserva 2009
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Perez Pascuas Ribera del Duero El Pedrosal Reserva 2009  Front Label
    Perez Pascuas Ribera del Duero El Pedrosal Reserva 2009
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Siglo Gran Reserva 2009  Front Label
    Siglo Gran Reserva 2009
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Orben Rioja 2009 Front Label
    Orben Rioja 2009
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2009 Front Label
    Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2009
    Tempranillo from Spain
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  • Finca Sobreno Seleccion Especial Toro 2009 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Spain
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  • Numanthia Toro 2009 Front Label
    Numanthia Toro 2009
    Tempranillo from Spain
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Running With Bulls Barossa Tempranillo 2009 Front Label
    Running With Bulls Barossa Tempranillo 2009
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  • Vina Bujanda Crianza 2009 Front Label
    Vina Bujanda Crianza 2009
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Vina Real Gran Reserva 2009 Front Label
    CVNE Vina Real Gran Reserva 2009
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2009 Front Bottle Shot
    CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2009
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Crianza 2009
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Emilio Moro Finca Resalso 2009 Front Label
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    • Campo Viejo Gran Reserva 2009 Front Label
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      • Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2009 Front Label
        Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2009
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      • Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
        Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2009
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      • Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2009 Front Label
        Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2009
        Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Abacela Tempranillo Cuvee 2009 Front Label
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        • Marques de Vargas Rioja Reserva 2009 Front Label
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          • Emilio Moro Malleolus 2009 Front Label
            Emilio Moro Malleolus 2009
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            • Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 2009  Front Label
              Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 2009
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            • Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2009 Front Label
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