Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a variety of black grape widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish temprano ,a reference to the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. Tempranillo has been grown on the Iberian peninsula since the time of Phoenician settlements. It is the main grape used in Rioja, and is often referred to as Spain's noble grape. Grown early in the 20th century to produce jug wines in California, toward the end of the 20th century Tempranillo enjoyed a renaissance there and throughout the world as a fine wine. The grape has been planted in Mexico, New Zealand, South America, USA, South Africa, Australia, Turkey and Canada. Often blended with Grenache and Carignan, Tempranillo is bottled either young or after several years of barrel aging. In Portugal, it is blended with others to produce port wine. Often growing its best at higher altitudes, the grape yields wines that are ruby in colour, with aromas and flavors of berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herb.

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  1. Buenas Tempranillo

    Buenas Tempranillo

    $14.94

    Buenas Tempranillo displays rich, black cherry aromas and lush flavors of plum and spice on the palate with subtle vanilla notes from three months of oak aging. Medium-bodied with balanced acidity, this traditional red boasts a smooth, lingering finish. Pairs perfectly with pizza, tacos, and other casual fare. Learn More
  2. Rivarey Crianza 2011

    Rivarey Crianza 2011

    $16.94

    This red wine will delight your palate with delicious fruit flavors (raspberries, strawberries, cherries) and notes of vanilla. Silky-smooth and easy-drinking. Learn More
  3. Vina Mayor Toro

    Vina Mayor Toro

    $24.94

    Grapy aromas seem simple at first, but with time tarry black plum and citrus peel notes emerge. This is very tannic, arguably a bit too much so. Plum, blackberry and chocolate flavors end with a reverb of hard tannins. For best results, give this as much air as possible. Learn More
  4. Vina Sastre Roble 2014

    Vina Sastre Roble 2014

    $31.94

    Lots of flowers on the nose, particularly violets and lavender, and also some roasted coffee notes. Smooth with mellow tannins, this wine is savory and lightly smoky. The finish is long and mineral with an iron quality. A perfect pair for grilled lamb chops, sausages, and chickpea stew. Learn More

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