Tempranillo

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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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

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  5. 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

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Finca Costanillas

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#89375

    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    Very pretty Rioja with ripe berries, chocolate, walnuts and hazelnuts. Full-bodied with juicy fruit and a flavorful finish. Nice length. Needs another year or two to come around. Drink after 2021.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 86% Tempranillo

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  9. 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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  12. R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva

    2008 / 750 ml. | Item#94600

    RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    The nose of the 2008 Viña Tondonia Reserva is very elegant, fresh and with an herbal twist, starting to show the complexity of the aged wines that are sometimes still too young when they are released 10+ years from the vintage! The palate is medium-bodied, with lightness and depth, very classical with extra freshness and all that is needed for a long development in bottle. This is the more Tondonia of the two vintages I tasted side by side. There are notes of maple syrup, smoke, licorice and crisp fruit. The palate is more austere, crunchy and reveals the chalkiness of the soils. There’s more definition and precision here.
    JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    Lots of dried fruit with plum, light raisin, chocolate and toasted oak. Some balsamic undertones. White truffles and dried flowers. Medium body, creamy tannins and savory, balsamic undertones. Extreme and unique, as always. Drink now.
    WS9191 pts. - Wine & Spirits - December 1, 2020
    This is a lean and fragrant vintage of Viña Tondonia, the López de Heredia family’s prime Rioja Alta vineyard above a meander along the Ebro River. In 2008, the wine is gamey up front, with sour cherry flavors and a delicate, lasting richness. The wine defines Rioja’s traditional elegance.
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  14. La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi

    Reserva
    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#87342

    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    Glistening ruby-red. Spice-tinged red fruit and floral aromas pick up hints of coconut and succulent herbs with air. Silky and expressive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet cherry and raspberry flavors and a spicecake nuance that builds steadily in the glass. Closes long and smooth, with repeating florality and subtle tannins that come in late.
    SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Aug 31, 2021
    An engaging, traditional-style red with a thread of balsamic weaving through the red berry, orange peel and spice notes. Drink now through 2027. 41,000 cases made, 14,000 cases imported.
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  15. El Coto Rioja Crianza

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#78330

    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    A rich, fruity red with plum, light chocolate and vanilla character. It’s medium-to full-bodied with round, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.
    WS9292 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 12/20
    This wine’s fresh anise scent has the underlying earthiness of tripe, and it would be pretty delicious with a bowl of tripe braised in red wine. It offers the kind of richness without weight that allows the fragrant peppery and cherry-skin flavors to last through the dark, earthy tannins, a little bitter, a little oaky, but cool in the end.
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