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Tempranillo

Tempranillo is to Spain what Sangiovese is to Italy. A widely planted and very ‘complete’ grape, Tempranillo offers a handy gamut of red and dark fruit, spice, earth and tobacco notes. More importantly, if grown well it has the tannin structure to make for truly serious, age-worthy reds - whether alone or blended with fruitier varieties like Garnacha (Grenache). Tempranillo dominates the blend of classic Rioja wines, in addition to Ribera del Duero, while remaining important in the rest of Spain and Portugal. Tempranillo has recently made excursions to 'exotic' places like Australia and New Zealand but is mostly established in colonies of Iberian culture, in particular making lush and modern examples from the sunny but elevated vineyards of Argentina.

Tempranillo

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  1. 2014 Tono Hawkes Bay Tempranillo

    2014 Tono Hawkes Bay Tempranillo

    17.5 Points Raymond Chan
    A juicy and approachable Tempranillo from New Zealand's developing hub for this new variety, Hawkes Bay. This one has serious pedigree, the Tono label started by Dry River winemaker Ant ...
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  2. 2015 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    2015 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    91 Points John Caro
    A juicy and complex Tempranillo from Spanish stunners Callejo. Already full of ripe, succulent fruit – embellished by florals and savoury/tobacco notes – it also has the concentration to ...
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  3. 2015 Artadi Rioja Tempranillo Crianza

    2015 Artadi Rioja Tempranillo Crianza

    90 Points John Caro
    Luscious Tempranillo from a top producer who specialises in this local variety. From elevated vineyards between 450-700 metres, this is ripe and slurpy but bright and aromatic, with juicy fruits ...
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  4. 2013 Callejo Crianza

    2013 Callejo Crianza

    92 Points John Caro
    This Tempranillo from Callejo is a beautiful example - elegant and complex...rather like a great Music. Callejo care so much about their wine they play music in the barrel halls! Despite full ...
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  5. 2013 Muga Reserva Rioja

    2013 Muga Reserva Rioja

    93 Points John Caro
    One of our biggest selling Rioja, the Muga Reserva hits that perfect balance of modern and traditional. The fruit is clean and perfect, in a lush and bright and slightly spicy style, but elegant ...
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  6. 2009 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Arana

    2009 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Arana

    90 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Superbly aged Rioja Reserva that's 8 years old - for $40 odd! La Rioja Alta are a legendary producers of strictly traditional, aged, complex wines for a famously moderate price. This one has ...
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  7. 2015 Artadi Rioja Vinas De Gain

    2015 Artadi Rioja Vinas De Gain

    91 Points John Caro
    A plump, modern-style Rioja with lots of structure and texture. Many layers of pithy, salty and oaky complexity are wrapped up in ripe, warm, bright fruit and body to charismatic effect. A great ...
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  8. 2005 Callejo Reserva Tempranillo

    2005 Callejo Reserva Tempranillo

    91 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A special back-vintage supply that circumstance has made available for sale, at a discounted price. This label of twelve years ago is no longer made by our legendary supplier Callejo, but it ...
    $49.99 a bottle
  9. 2012 Callejo Majuelos de Callejo

    2012 Callejo Majuelos de Callejo

    92 Points John Caro
    Ripe and silky, this vibrant old vine Tempranillo is from a fastidious producer who also happens to be a legend. And organic. With slurpy, sweet-fruited richness it's tempting to call it ...
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  10. 2011 Cune (Cvne) Contino Reserva Rioja

    2011 Cune (Cvne) Contino Reserva Rioja

    91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A really sophisticated Reserva from Rioja, the Contino is top notch. Plush and ripe from an excellent vintage (rated 95/100 by Robert Parker) this wine also manages to be perfectly poised – ...
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