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Mano a Mano

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 84810

SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Aug 23, 2018
Ripe cherry, cola and toasted vanilla flavors give this red a hard-candy character. Light, firm tannins and sweet-tart acidity keep this focused and fresh. Lively, with some depth. Tempranillo. Drink now through 2022. 8,500 cases made, 3,800 cases imported. (Thomas Matthews)
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Vadillo Crianza

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 89376

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Spain | Rioja

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Monte Hiniesta

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 91972

JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, August 2, 2018
Very ripe and slightly raw oak over black fruit and coconut candy. The palate has dense, chewy fruit and really assertive tannins. Needs a year or two to settle in.
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Spain | Toro

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Vinos Sin Ley Tempranillo

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 95965

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Spain | Ribera del Duero

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Vega Moragona Tempranillo

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 89373

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Spain | La Mancha | Ribera del Jucar

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Veleta de Solano Tempranillo

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 91971

JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, October 14, 2021
Aromas of ripe blackberries, dark cherries, lavender and sweet spices. Medium-bodied with fine tannins. Fruity and creamy with a juicy finish. Drink now.
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Spain | La Mancha

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Bodegas Iturria La Viña de Segundo

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 99067

JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, October 14, 2021
Ink and blackberry aromas develop nicely across the palate, together with a graphite undertone. It’s chewy and structured with a flavorful finish. A little tight at the end. Give it time to open. 100% tinta de toro. From organically grown grapes. Try after 2023.
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Spain | Toro

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Finca Costanillas

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 99895

JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, September 9, 2022
Black plums, some sour black cherries and grilled spices on the nose, following through to a full body with some crushed blueberries and a tight, tannic structure. The fruit is a little tart. Tempranillo, graciano and viura. Drink in 2023.
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Spain | Rioja

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Rioja Alavesa Crianza
2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 2021

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Spain | Rioja

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Cortijo Tinto

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 76215

WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2023
Dark garnet to the eye, this wine offers a bouquet of black cherry, caramel and freshly ground black pepper. It offers a sense of brightness on the palate, with plush tannins and flavors of cherry pie, raspberry preserves, orange zest, milk chocolate and herbes de Provence that head into a fruit-filled finish. (Mike Desimone)
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Spain | Rioja

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Sierra Cantabria Selección Rioja

2015 / 750 ml.

Item #: 78714

SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Aug 24, 2017
Tobacco and tea notes frame tart cherry and fresh leafy flavors in this herbal red. Light, firm tannins and sharp acidity give this a tangy focus. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made, 4,000 cases imported. (Thomas Matthews)
WE8585 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 7/1/2018
Roasted berry, compost and earthy aromas are jumbled and not entirely fresh. This is narrow and resiny in feel, with oaky flavors of clove, milk chocolate and resiny berry fruits. Overall, there’s not a lot to this other than oaky makeup.
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Spain | Rioja

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Hacienda López de Haro Reserva

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 79095

JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Fine roasted spices and a hint of vanilla and tobacco leaf to the bright cherries and plums. Medium-bodied and firm on the palate with some grainy tannins and a medium-long finish. Some more wood tannins here that will need some time to integrate. Tempranillo and graciano. Vegan. Drink in 2025. (Zekun Shuai)
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Spain | Rioja

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Cinema Tempranillo 6 meses en barrica

2012 / 750 ml.

Item #: 80639

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Spain | Ribera del Duero

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Parada de Atauta

2013 / 750 ml.

Item #: 84276

SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2016
This savory red offers leafy, tobacco, loamy earth and smoke flavors, with a core of cherry, supported by firm tannins and orange peel acidity. Solid, but a bit green and firm. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases imported.
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Spain | Ribera del Duero

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Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 87448

JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, September 9, 2022
A tight and slightly chewy Rioja Reserva that delivers well-judged spice and new leather to the red plums and cherries on the nose. Medium to full body with some granular tannins that will soften more in two years. Best after 2024. (James Suckling)
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2022
A well-knit, medium-bodied red, with light, taut tannins trimming notes of crushed black cherry, baked fig and hints of dark chocolate, tobacco and mineral. Not a powerhouse, but rather fresh and elegant throughout, suggesting this is perfect for sipping or pairing with food. Drink now through 2027. 37,500 cases made, 14,000 cases imported. (Alison Napjus)
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Spain | Rioja

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Buy Tempranillo Red Wine

Tempranillo wine is a robust and fruity red wine that pairs well with a wide range of foods. It’s a superb choice if you enjoy wines with red fruit flavors and well-balanced tannins and acidity. Thought of as a middle way between the lighter-bodied Pinot Noir and the full-bodied Syrah wines, Tempranillo offers a fantastic flavor profile but without the oiliness of fuller-bodied wines. If you love Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo is an excellent alternative.

What Kind of Wine Is Tempranillo?

Tempranillo is a medium- to full-bodied, dry red wine with a deep ruby color and medium to high tannins and acidity. Its flavor profile foregrounds red fruits and spices, and the customary aging in American or French Oak imparts vanilla flavors. Tempranillo wines have an alcohol content of around 13–14%. The Tempranillo grape predominates in Spanish vineyards and is the primary grape in Spanish red wines. If you buy red wine from Rioja or Ribera Del Duero, Tempranillo will be the greater portion, although here and elsewhere, it is blended with local grape varieties, often Garnacha (Grenache) and Mazuelo. Tempranillo varietal wines are, however, increasingly popular.

Where Is Tempranillo Wine Produced?

Tempranillo wine is primarily produced in Spain, where a majority of the world’s Tempranillo vineyards are found. The most renowned region for Tempranillo wine production is Rioja in Northern Spain, where the grape thrives in diverse microclimates and soil types, resulting in wines with distinct expressions of terroir.

Ribera del Duero is another significant Spanish region. Located in the heart of Spain, Ribera del Duero produces wines that are more robust and structured than those from Rioja due to the region’s higher elevation and greater temperature fluctuations. In Spain’s Toro region, the same grape is known as Tinto Del Toro. 

Apart from Spain, Tempranillo has been successfully cultivated in various parts of the world. In Portugal, it is a key component in the fortified wines of Porto, known locally as Tinto Roriz.

Beyond the Iberian Peninsula, Tempranillo has found a home in New World regions, including California and Argentina:

  • In California, Tempranillo vines have adapted well to the Mediterranean-like climate of Lodi and Paso Robles, producing wines that balance New World fruit intensity with Old World structure and complexity.
  • In Argentina, Tempranillo wines showcase high-altitude viticulture, delivering ripe fruit flavors and firm tannins.

In Australia, Tempranillo has been successful in various wine regions, including McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley. Australian examples are full-bodied, with ripe fruit flavors and a hint of spice.

Food Pairings: What to Pair Tempranillo With

Tempranillo’s versatility makes it an excellent red wine for food pairing. Its high acidity and tannin content can stand up to rich, fatty dishes, while its fruit-forward profile makes it a good match for a variety of flavors. 
Here are some pairing ideas:

  • Meat: Tempranillo red wine pairs beautifully with a variety of meats, from pork and veal to lamb and beef.
  • Cheese: Aged cheeses like Manchego, Cheddar, or Gouda are excellent choices. Their nuttiness complements the wine’s flavors and the cheese’s fat content helps soften the wine’s tannins.
  • Spanish cuisine: As a Spanish wine, Tempranillo naturally pairs well with traditional Spanish dishes. Think paella, chorizo, or a simple plate of jamón ibérico.
  • Grilled vegetables: The charred flavors from grilled vegetables match well with the smoky notes found in Tempranillo wines, especially those that have been oak-aged.
  • Spiced dishes: Tempranillo can handle a bit of heat, making it a great choice for dishes with a kick. Try it with Mexican or Moroccan cuisine for a delightful pairing.
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How Is Tempranillo Served?

Feel free to serve and drink these wines according to your personal preferences. However, wine experts offer serving guidelines that may enhance your experience:

  • Serving Temperature: The ideal serving temperature for Tempranillo wines is between 60–65°F (16–18°C). Slight chilling from room temperature allows the wine’s flavors and aromas to express themselves. If the wine is too warm, the alcohol can become more pronounced, overpowering the fruit flavors. Conversely, if the wine is too cold, it can mute the flavors and make the tannins harsher.
  • Decanting: Well-aged bottles can benefit from decanting. Moving the wine to a decanter not only separates any sediment from the wine but also introduces oxygen to soften the tannins and open the flavors and aromas. Even younger Tempranillo wines benefit from aeration; consider decanting or opening the bottle half an hour before you plan to serve it.
  • Wine Glasses: The type of glass you use can influence your perception of the wine. A glass with a larger bowl, such as a Bordeaux-style glass, is often recommended. This design allows the wine to breathe and funnels the aromatic compounds to your nose.
  • Pouring: When serving wine, it’s customary to fill the glass to the widest point of the bowl, allowing enough space for the wine to be swirled, which aids in aeration and helps release the wine’s aromas.
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