About Tempranillo Red Wine

About Tempranillo Red Wine
Tempranillo is the principal grape of Rioja, Spain's most famous red wine. The variety has beautiful red cherry, blackberry and mulberry fruit with medium-weight tannins, good acidity and complexity. it is generally aged in older oak barrels in Rioja to soften the wine.

Top Picks for Tempranillo

Licenciado 2014 Riserva Tempranillo
94 points
$50
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and prickly pears with caramel, leather bound book, cornichon, and cactus blossoms with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, long finish displaying notes of black raspberry with cocoa, slate, and roasted beets and parsnips with light oak flavor. A complex and seductive Rioja that reveals the depth of its charm after patient aeration.
Wakefield/Taylors 2018  Tempranillo
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of eucalyptus honey, cranberry chutney, sarsaparilla, and vanilla almond bark with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that shows touches of pomegranate-blueberry sauce, cola float, and herb and spiced nuts. Robust herbs and spices delight in this exotic Australian expression of the famous Spanish grape.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Wine Exceptional Value
93 points $20 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2012 Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blistered tomatoes, olives, saffron, and beets with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length finish with medium tannins and light oak flavor. An earthy Ribera del Duero with an assertive, complex character.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2016 Limited Release Tempranillo
91 points
$24
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, blackberry meringue pie, leather, and orange blossom honeycomb with an bright, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-long finish that shows notes of cedar and spiced roasted nuts with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toothsome and varietally correct tempranillo that is drinking well now and will improve with time.
Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown Tempranillo
90 points
$34
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, coconut, raspberry leaf, spray roses, milk chocolate, and baking spices with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length finish with accents of cola, tobacco and leather with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A terrific food-wine that will be a lovely complement to the meal.
Tarantas 2016 Crianza Tempranillo
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Savory aromas of cranberry, black olives, jamon iberico, roasted marcona almonds, caramelized eggplant, and raisin with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long cherry relish, toast, licorice, and orange zest finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A scrumptious Tempranillo with a great sense of place; a must buy.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Peirano 2017 Estate, The Heritage Collection Tempranillo
88 points
$12.99
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Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee, menthol-mint, fire-roasted pimento, and tobacco with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish conveying suggestions of ripe cherry and olives with drying tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A rock solid new world tempranillo that’s at once earthy and bright.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2018  Tempranillo
88 points
$19
Bright violet color. Aromas of orange marmalade, eucalyptus, and sun dried tomato with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length strawberry jam, rose hips, tapenade, and cranberry pie finish. A balanced tempranillo from Down Under with great food affinity.
Elvi 2018 Herenza Estate Bottled Rioja
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Smoky aromas of sandalwood incense, palo santo, grilled beets and cherries, and vanilla candle with a silky, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length cherry pit, nut skins, and parchment finish. A bright and juicy Rioja with a lively, pleasing personality and vibrant acidity.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Barons Creek Vineyards 2018  Tempranillo
85 points
$46
Black violet color. Fruity aromas of dried blueberry, prune, fruit and nut press, and dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length spiced nuts, licorice, and baking spices finish. A rich, decadent Tempranillo swimming in succulent dried fruits and attractive spice.