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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.

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  1. 2016 Paso a Paso Organic Tempranillo

    2016 Paso a Paso Organic Tempranillo

    Organic
    90 Points John Caro
    A superb value organic Tempranillo from Spain's hot La Mancha region. Full of ripe dark fruits and silky texture, this is a satisfying and harmonious red from a serious producer. La Mancha is ...
    $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  2. 2014 Cune (Cvne) Vina Real Crianza Rioja

    2014 Cune (Cvne) Vina Real Crianza Rioja

    John’s Picks
    90 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A perfectly balanced Tempranillo, the Vina Real comes from one of Rioja's top sub-regions, Rioja Alavesa. Here elevation and chalky soils ripen fruit perfectly, producing a wine that is plump ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  3. 2015 Vina Zorzal Rioja

    2015 Vina Zorzal Rioja

    91 Points John Caro
    A rich and fruity Rioja red made by an up-and-coming producer from neighbouring Navarra. Nice old Tempranillo vines (average 40 years old) give depth, texture and layering to an already lush ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    2016 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    Rick’s Picks
    91 Points John Caro
    A rich and satisfying red from a modern producer in the stunning Ribera Del Duero, Spain. Lovely ripe Tempranillo delivers lashings of dark berries and spice, with a rich body and earth-bound ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  5. 2016 Artadi Rioja Tempranillo Crianza

    2016 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 bu bright and aromatic, with juicy fruits ...
    $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle
  6. 2014 Callejo Crianza

    2014 Callejo Crianza

    92 Points John Caro
    This rich Tempranillo from Callejo is a beautiful example – rich, oaky and structured with fine tannins. Despite full body reflecting this Ribera Del Douro climate – and the wood characters ...
    Elsewhere up to $39.99 Save $4 $35.99 per bottle
  7. 2011 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Alberdi

    2011 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Alberdi

    91 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    What value! A Reserva Rioja from a top house in an 'excellent' year! This producer is known for the best old school Rioja and their entry-level applies all the quality and aging – two full ...
    $34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle
  8. 2016 Kalleske Barossa Dodger Tempranillo

    2016 Kalleske Barossa Dodger Tempranillo

    Biodynamic
    92 Points Richard Caro
    A beautiful Tempranillo from the hot Barossa. This Spanish grape is the most recent on Kalleske's ancient, biodynamically managed vineyards. A pure expression, it offers juicy red and black ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  9. 2011 Callejo Finca Valdelroble

    2011 Callejo Finca Valdelroble

    92 Points John Caro
    Gorgeously lush and dark, this special drop from Callejo is one of the leading wines of Ribera del Duero. It is from an elevated site that was, strangely, earmarked for an airfield before the ...
    Elsewhere up to $44.99 Save $5 $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle
  10. 2014 Muga Reserva Rioja

    2014 Muga Reserva Rioja

    91 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    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 ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle

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