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Vadillo Crianza

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 89376

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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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Rioja Alavesa Crianza
2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 2021

WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 7/1/2023
Bright cherry-red to the eye, this wine offers a bouquet of cranberry, black olive paste and rose petal. Bright on entry, it has flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, cocoa butter, eucalyptus and Turkish delight. A touch of baking spice and plush tannins carry into the enduring finish. (Mike DeSimone)
JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, September 9, 2022
Spiced cherries, plums, tobacco and a meaty undertone with some black earth. A fresh and juicy Rioja with seductive berries and plums on the palate, rounded by precise, dusty tannins. Excellent length and fruit. 100% tempranillo. Delicious now, but can hold. (James Suckling)
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Cortijo Tempranillo

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 76215

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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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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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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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Bodega Lanzaga LZ

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 88969

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Horizonte de Exopto Rioja

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 92117

JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
This is a beautiful play between fresh blackberries, violets and lavender and dried meat, vanilla and spices. Iodine, licorice and tar all in there, too. Full body, muscular yet grainy tannins and layer after layer of plush fruit, wrapped up neatly in tangy acidity. Drink in 2022.
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
The red 2017 Horizonte de Exopto is a traditional blend of Tempranillo with 10% each Garnacha and Graciano, but now not all of grapes come from the village of Ábalos — since 2016, they have added two plots in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured 50/50 in 600-liter demi-muids and 225-liter barriques for one year. The wine is surprisingly fresh, expressive and aromatic and has a touch of black pepper, perhaps because there are more grapes from higher-altitude vineyards that didn’t suffer the frost, and the result might be fresher than some wines from 2016 or 2015. The move to bigger barrels and less oak seems to have paid back with much better integration of the wood and additional nuance. A great effort for the vintage and a bit of a surprise — lighter and less concentrated but more drinkable. 9,000 bottles were filled in November 2018.
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Montebuena Rioja

Cuvée KPF
2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 71305

JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, October 14, 2021
A soft and velvety red with berry and cherry character. Chocolate, too. Medium to full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now. (James Suckling)
RP8989 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jul 2022
The clean and fruit-driven 2020 Cuvée KPF from Rioja Alavesa is from Labastida and matured in French and American oak barrels for six months. It’s a special cuvée for their US importer Kysela. It has a fruit-driven profile with some spice, 13.9% alcohol and a medium-bodied palate with a juicy texture and fine tannins. 200,000 bottles produced. (Luis Gutiérrez)
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Torres Altos Ibéricos Crianza

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 93682

JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, September 9, 2022
Fresh plums with vanilla, walnut and a hint of tobacco on the nose. A medium-bodied red with a juicy, fluid mid-palate, coated by supple, soft tannins and a creamy finish. Good length here. Drink now. (James Suckling)
WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 3/1/2023
Aromas of blackberry, dried mountainside herbs and black olives set the stage for flavors of black currant, Luxardo cherry, anisette, thyme and black truffle. Sleek tannins ply their way across the palate and drift off into a cool, spicy finish. (Mike Desimone)
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2023
A medium-bodied red, packing pungent hints of smoke and stemmy herbs on the nose that are subtle on the palate, underscoring dried black cherry and cranberry fruit flavors layered with orange peel acidity and lightly chewy tannins. Drink now. 96,000 cases made, 1,800 cases imported. (Alison Napjus)
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Señorío de P. Peciña Rioja Cosecha

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 84586

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R. López de Heredia Viña Cubillo

2013 / 750 ml.

Item #: 92324

JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, October 14, 2021
Enticing aromas of blackberries, leather and cedar with some dried flowers follow through to a medium to full body with firm tannins and a fresh, citrusy finish. Very traditional and real. Drink now.
RP92+92+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jul 2022
2013 was a very tough vintage when they had to discard up to 100,000 kilograms of grapes and production of most of the wines was lower; it’s also the year when their father died, and they were very encouraged to make very good wines. The 2013 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza is the entry-level red from that year, the cooler of the shortlist of 2013, 2014 and 2015 I tasted next to each other. The wine is more austere even within the style they say is their wine for the by-the-glass market. It’s classical and developed with a polished palate after three years in barrel. It overdelivers for the conditions of the year. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019. (Luis Gutiérrez)
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Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva

2012 / 750 ml.

Item #: 91787

JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, August 2, 2018
The DNA of Remelluri is here. Wild mountain herb character, structured and firm, these tannins are succulent and deeply expressive. Powerful and assertive red plums, wild cherries and roasting herbs with the oak sitting well. Power and balance. Try from 2021.
RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano, the 2012 Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva represents what they are aiming for with this wine, a classical expression of the place, the quintessence of the vineyards. The select their oldest vineyards and age the wine for a long time, coming back to those early years of a modern Rioja that has now turned into a classic. It has some dusty tannins, with good grip and length. It was bottled in 24,238 bottles after an élevage of 26 months. It has been in bottle since May 2015.
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Honoro Vera Rioja Tempranillo

Rioja Alavesa
2022 / 750 ml.

Item #: 93596

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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.