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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. 2015 Paso a Paso Organic Tempranillo

    2015 Paso a Paso Organic Tempranillo

    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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $19.99 Save $2 $17.99 a bottle
  2. 2014 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    2014 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    John’s Picks
    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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $29.99 Save $5 $24.99 a bottle
  3. 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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $27.99 Save $3 $24.99 a bottle
  4. 2012  Muga Reserva Rioja

    2012 Muga Reserva Rioja

    93 Points John Caro
    Our biggest selling Rioja, the Muga Reserva hits that perfect balance of modern and traditional. Lush, concentrated fruit gets perfect ripeness then some serious time in old and new oak for even ...
    Elsewhere up to $38.99 Save $4 $34.99 a bottle
  5. 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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  6. 2008 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Arana

    2008 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Arana

    91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    Superbly aged Rioja Reserva that's 8 years old - for under $40! La Rioja Alta are a legendary producers making strictly traditional, aged, complex wines for a famously moderate price. This one ...
    Elsewhere up to $44.99 Save $5 $39.99 a bottle
  7. 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 a bottle
  8. 2011 Muga Reserva Selection Especial Rioja

    2011 Muga Reserva Selection Especial Rioja

    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A voluptuous red Rioja Reserva, this powerful old vine cuvee saw 26 months in barrel. With deep dark fruits and toasty oak it is rich and almost creamy in texture, with a beautiful balancing act ...
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  9. 2007 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Ardanza

    2007 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Ardanza

    John’s Picks
    94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Astounding value in old-fashioned Rioja, this 2007 Vina Ardanza is intense stuff. It offers staggering depth in the classical Rioja characters – rich red fruits, spice and gamey tocacco ...
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  10. 2010 Cune (Cvne) Vina Real Gran Reserva Rioja

    2010 Cune (Cvne) Vina Real Gran Reserva Rioja

    94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A powerful yet nuanced Gran Reserva from Vina Real. It wraps the palate in a plush cloak of Rioja's gamey red fruit, but this wine's charm lies in the floral, tobacco and spice complexities - ...
    Elsewhere up to $55.99 Save $6 $49.99 a bottle

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