Tempranillo

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Tempranillo, a black grape, is native to the Iberian peninsula and it dominates so many of the greatest Spanish wines. It is one of the primary grapes in such regions as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, and Toro. But even then, Tempranillo is flexible enough to be grown down in some of the southern regions of Spain, like Ribera Guadiana or La Mancha.

Depending on where a Tempranillo wine comes from, it could be as full-bodied as a California Cabernet or Bordeaux, or have the delicateness and sophistication of a Burgundy. The main flavors and aromas are that of dark berries (raspberries, blackberries etc.) and violets. Tempranillo is also a great grape to use in blending. In Rioja (the "Bordeaux of Spain") the grape blends perfectly with Grenache or even Graciano. In Priorat, some winemakers blend it with Syrah, or even Cabernet.

The flexibility and variety of Tempranillo wine is astonishing. If you want some adventure in your life (and wine), grab some Spanish wine with Tempranillo and enjoy all that the Iberian peninsula can offer.

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  1. Veleta de Solano Tempranillo

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#91971

    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
    An attractive, vibrant, cassis and berry nose with sleek tannins and a very succulent, juicy palate. Some spicy licorice. Blueberry and plum paste to close. Drink now.
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  2. Escondido

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#89372

    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
    Some modern, meaty oak and spice, laid across ripe dark cherries and plums here. The palate has a very smooth and slick feel with a succulent, juicy and attractively fresh, dark-plum finish. Handy depth. Drink or hold.
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  3. Mano a Mano

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#84810

    SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 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.
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  4. Vega Moragona Tempranillo

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#89373

    JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
    An impressively fresh nose with crushed violets and red cherries, leading to a palate that has a rich, sinewy thread of tannin and a sleek, fresh resolve. Drink or hold.
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  5. Eduardo Garrido Rioja Crianza

    2011 / 750 ml. | Item#84585

    SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - May 31, 2016
    A supple texture masks good density in this focused red. Black cherry and pomegranate flavors are lively, backed by smoke, licorice and iron notes. Firm and fresh. Drink now through 2023. 4,000 cases made.
    WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 6/1/2016
    Earthy, ripe cherry and berry aromas come with notes of baking spices and tobacco. This is crisp in feel, albeit a touch jagged. Smoky, toasty plum and cherry flavors lead, while this is long, spicy and a tad bit hot on the finish.
    VN8787 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2014
    Brilliant ruby. Dried cherry, tobacco and succulent herbs on the fragrant nose. A sweet vanilla quality accents lively red fruit flavors on the open-knit palate. Comes up a little short on the finish, which is framed by gentle tannins.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha

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  6. La Legua Parcela “El Transformador”

    2014 / 750 ml. | Item#89367

    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, July 24, 2017
    A big ripe wine with a touch of caramel alongside the big black plum note. A massively tannic but relatively plush wine that has a certain freshness. This ought to age well. Better from 2020.
    RP8787 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Feb 2017
    There is a new red blend of Tempranillo with some 13% Cabernet Sauvignon called 2014 El Transformador, from grapes mostly from a plot that names the wine. The vines were planted in the 1970s on limestone soils. It fermented with indigenous yeasts after a cold soak with dry ice, followed by ten months in second and third year French oak barrels. It showed very high ripeness and some volatility that made it a little blurry. The palate showed similar flavors and some dusty tannins. 8,000 bottles produced.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 92% Tempranillo, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon

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  7. 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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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tinta de Toro

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  8. Viña Vilano Crianza

    2014 / 750 ml. | Item#91657

    SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2017
    This lively red delivers black cherry and licorice flavors, with smoky and leafy notes. Fresh and focused, in a balanced structure that is energetic and graceful. Made in a clean, modern style. Drink now through 2024. 8,850 cases made.
    WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 2/1/2018
    Straightforward berry and cherry aromas control a nose with spice and cocoa notes. A high-toned, tannic palate carries fresh plum and raspberry flavors end, with hard tannins, barrel-based notes and general dryness. Drink through 2021.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 100% Tempranillo

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  9. Finca Costanillas

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#89375

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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 86% Tempranillo, 12% Graciano, 2% Viura

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  10. Vadillo Crianza

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#89376

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  11. Lobetia Tempranillo

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#78502

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  12. El Coto Rioja Crianza

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#78330

    JS8989 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
    Some wet-wool aromas with dried plums, too. The palate has a mellow array of red berries and smooth, easy tannins. Drink now.
    SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2020
    This red has a juicy, tender texture, with gentle tannins and citrusy acidity. Cherry, candied berry and vanilla flavors mingle with herbal and forest floor notes. Harmonious, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2026. 500,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.
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  13. Faustino Rivero Ulecia Silver Label Reserva

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#91749

    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
    Lots of ripe-strawberry and floral character. Full body, round and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Fruit-forward yet bright and driven. Lots going on here. Drink or hold.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha

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  14. Finca Villacreces Pruno

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#88980

    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Aug 2018
    Always a good value in Ribera and cropped from a fresher year, the 2016 Pruno has notes of licorice, dark berries and even some fresher red fruit. It has abundant, fine-grained tannins that require powerful food. 524,330 bottles and 2016 magnums produced. It was bottled in November 2017.
    SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2018
    Smoky and loamy earth notes frame a core of black cherry and plum in this firm, dense red. Balsamic acidity balances muscular tannins, which yield to a floral, minerally finish. Drink now through 2028. 40,000 cases made.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 90% Tinto Fino, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

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  15. La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva

    2012 / 750 ml. | Item#93705

    RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    Garnacha is an important component in the 2012 Viña Ardanza Reserva, where it represents 20% of the blend (the rest is, of course, Tempranillo). 2011 was a difficult vintage for Garnacha, so Viña Ardanza was not produced that year and they jumped from 2010, which had the mention “Selección Especial,” to 2012, where it returns to the regular Reserva. The wine is a prototype of polished and aged Rioja with a ruby color with some orange and a developed nose with subtle aromas of decayed leaves, sweet spices and some cherries in liqueur even, quite complex and harmonious. The palate is velvety but rich, with resolved tannins and a fine chalky mouthfeel, sleek and elegant, terribly balanced. The flavors are pure and defined, and there is an overall sense of harmony that I like very much. Brilliant Ardanza! They produced no less than 600,000 bottles of this wine, which is remarkable. It has been in bottle since March 2016, so it’s very approachable but should also age nicely in bottle. Drink or keep.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 78% Tempranillo, 22% Grenache

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