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Tempranillo Wine

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins and a bright acidity, 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 Food Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and good acidity make it extremely food friendly. Tempranillo wine can be paried with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew or paella.

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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  • Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2006 Front Label
    Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 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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  • Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido 2006 Front Label
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  • Volteo Tempranillo 2006 Front Label
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  • Marques de Riscal Baron de Chirel 2006 Front Label
    Marques de Riscal Baron de Chirel 2006
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2006 Front Label
    Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2006
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2006 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial 2006 Front Label
    Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial 2006
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Vina Mayor Crianza 2006 Front Label
    Vina Mayor Crianza 2006
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • El Coto Crianza 2006 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Abacela Estate Tempranillo 2006 Front Label
    Abacela Estate Tempranillo 2006
    Tempranillo from Umpqua Valley, Oregon
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  • Familia Torres Celeste Crianza 2006 Front Label
    Familia Torres Celeste Crianza 2006
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
    • WE91
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  • Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Reserva 2006 Front Label
    Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Reserva 2006
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Vina Herminia Rioja Reserva 2006 Front Label
    Vina Herminia Rioja Reserva 2006
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Comenge Ribera del Duero 2006 Front Label
    Comenge Ribera del Duero 2006
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    Bodegas O. Fournier Alfa Spiga 2006
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2006
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2006 Front Label
    Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2006
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • Faustino I Gran Reserva 2006  Front Label
    Faustino I Gran Reserva 2006
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Dominio de Atauta  2006 Front Label
    Dominio de Atauta 2006
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 2006
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