Tempranillo Wines

Tempranillo Wines

Tempranillo Wines

It would be an extreme waste of time to visit Spain and not try a wine (or several) with a heavy representation of Tempranillo. The grape’s name comes from the Spanish word temprano, which means “early.” It earned this name by consistently ripening sooner than most other Spanish varietals. In 2015, Tempranillo took third place on the list of the most widely planted varietals, and 88% of that representation was achieved in Spain, cementing its reputation as their “noble grape.”

Tempranillo is considerably less aromatic than varietals like Pinot Noir or Sangiovese, but this only makes it stand out as an incredibly versatile, neutral option. It sees a ton of use in many blends across the globe and often helps bring the barrel’s signature flavor to the forefront. Every flavor brought by a blend that involves this magical grape gets accentuated and built up, giving these blends an impact that is very hard to match. Still, it holds a unique identity by combining the soft, juicy overtone of strawberries with a delicate, earthy plum baseline.

Spain is, without a doubt, the place to be when it comes to Tempranillo blends. These vintages have demonstrated an excellent aging capacity and will liven up any social event and add a touch of sweet Spanish magic to any meal you choose to pair them with. Tempranillo is a Spanish classic and should find its place in every wine geek’s collection.
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  1. 2004 artadi rioja el pison Spain Red
    2004 Artadi Rioja El Pison
    100
    RP
    The 2004 El Pison stands out from its peers. It has a deeper color than the 2007 with a splendid nose that jumps from the glass. Notes of espresso, balsamic, Asian spices, pain gri..." Learn More
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    As low as $669.00
  2. 2004 numanthia toro Spain Red
    2004 Numanthia Toro
    98
    RP
    Any aspiring collectors should add a case of this to their stash. The 2004 Numanthia comes from a different terroir with a different clone of Tinta de Toro. The vines for this cuve..." Learn More
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    As low as $109.00
  3. 2008 r. lopez heredia vina bosconia reserva Spain Red
    2008 R. Lopez Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva
    94
    JS
    Taking on a balsamic and high-toned wood character to the ripe fruit on the nose. Some dried cheese and ripe fruit, too. Medium-bodied with integrated tannins that are polished and..." Learn More
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    As low as $33.99
  4. 2008 r. lopez heredia vina tondonia reserva Spain Red
    2008 R. Lopez Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva
    95
    JS
    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..." Learn More
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    As low as $21.95
  5. 2015 Artadi El Carretil
    2015 Artadi El Carretil
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    As low as $235.00
  6. 2017 numanthia termes Spain Red
    2017 Numanthia Termes
    94
    JS
    Ripeness and balance to this rich, flavorful red with chewy tannins and a dense, fruity center palate. It’s medium-to full-bodied, polished and focused. Drink in a few years...." Learn More
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    As low as $18.99
  7. 2017 pingus Spain Red
    2017 Pingus
    97
    VM
    Dark, bright-rimmed purple. Powerful red and dark berry preserve and cherry cola scents are complemented by exotic spice, incense and floral oil notes. Sappy and densely packed, of..." Learn More
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    As low as $995.00
  8. 2018 aalto Spain Red
    2018 Aalto
    95
    JD
    Starting with the 2018 Aalto (100% Tempranillo), this perennial winner boasts a deep purple hue as well as a rocking nose of black raspberry and cassis fruits interwoven with lots ..." Learn More
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    As low as $49.99
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