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Tempranillo

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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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  • Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2017  Front Label
    Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2017
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Aalto  2017  Front Label
    Aalto 2017
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2017  Front Label
    Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2017
    Tempranillo from Spain
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  • Matsu El Recio 2017  Front Label
    Matsu El Recio 2017
    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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  • Pago de Los Capellanes Crianza 2017  Front Label
    Pago de Los Capellanes Crianza 2017
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Dominio de Pingus Psi 2017  Front Label
    Dominio de Pingus Psi 2017
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Bodegas Ordonez – Toro Triton Tinta de Toro 2017  Front Label
    Bodegas Ordonez – Toro Triton Tinta de Toro 2017
    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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    Bodega Quinta Sardonia Sardon Red 2017
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    • Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2017  Front Label
      Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2017
      Tempranillo from La Mancha, Spain
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    • Emilio Moro Malleolus 2017  Front Label
      Emilio Moro Malleolus 2017
      Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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      • Hacienda Lopez de Haro Tempranillo 2017  Front Label
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        • Torres Celeste Crianza 2017  Front Label
          Torres Celeste Crianza 2017
          Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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          • Buenas Tempranillo 2017  Front Label
            Buenas Tempranillo 2017
            Tempranillo from La Mancha, Spain
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                Dominio de Eguren Codice 2017
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                  Portia Roble 2017
                  Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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                    Vina Zaco 2017
                    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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