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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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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2012 Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2016  Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial 2016  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Crianza 2017  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2009 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2011  Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2011
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Valderiz Ribera del Duero 2017  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2017  Front Label
    CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2017
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2016  Front Label
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2015
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva 2016  Front Label
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    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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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2012  Front Label
    Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Aalto  2018  Front Label
    Aalto 2018
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • La Capilla Crianza 2016  Front Label
    La Capilla Crianza 2016
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2012  Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja Gran Reserva 2014  Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja Gran Reserva 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2015  Front Label
    Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2015
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2016 Front Label
    Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2016  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia  2014  Front Label
    Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia 2014
    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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  • Protos Gran Reserva 2012  Front Label
    Protos Gran Reserva 2012
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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