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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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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2018  Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2018
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    CVNE Crianza 2018
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    Bodegas Valderiz Ribera del Duero 2018
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    • Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2018  Front Label
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      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta Finca San Martin Crianza 2018  Front Label
      Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta Finca San Martin Crianza 2018
      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    • Bodegas Izadi Rioja Reserva 2018  Front Label
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      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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      El Coto Crianza 2018
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      • Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2018  Front Label
        Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2018
        Tempranillo from La Mancha, Spain
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        Legaris Crianza 2018
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        • Bodegas Matarromera Crianza 2018  Front Label
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        • Eguren Ugarte Crianza 2018  Front Label
          Eguren Ugarte Crianza 2018
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Siglo Saco Tempranillo 2018  Front Label
          Siglo Saco Tempranillo 2018
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Creta Roble 2018  Front Label
          Creta Roble 2018
          Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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        • Bodegas Ordonez – Toro Vatan Tinta de Toro 2018  Front Label
          Bodegas Ordonez – Toro Vatan Tinta de Toro 2018
          Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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        • Marques de la Concordia Lagunilla Crianza 2018  Front Label
          Marques de la Concordia Lagunilla Crianza 2018
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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        • Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2018  Front Label
          Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2018
          Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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          • Artadi Vinas de Gain 2018  Front Label
            Artadi Vinas de Gain 2018
            Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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          • Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin Clasico Tempranillo 2018  Front Label
            Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin Clasico Tempranillo 2018
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            • Vina Sastre Crianza 2018  Front Label
              Vina Sastre Crianza 2018
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                  Ostatu Rioja Crianza 2018
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                    Bodegas Mauro VS Vendimia Seleccionada 2018
                    Tempranillo from Spain
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                  • Pesquera Ribera del Duero Tinto 2018  Front Label
                    Pesquera Ribera del Duero Tinto 2018
                    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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