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.
Emina Pasión 2016  Tempranillo
94 points
$19.99
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Medium ruby black color. Aromas of serrano ham, root beer, cocoa dusted hazelnut gelato, sweet paprika, and huckleberry with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry full body and a complex, long dusty leather, fruit leather, apricot stones, dried tobacco leaf, and granite finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fortress of rich deep fruit with walls of tannin flanked by an army of acid; the smoke of battle lingers.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2012 Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero
93 points
$13.99
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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
Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown Tempranillo
93 points
$35
Dark ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries and figs, rich tobacco, vanilla, anise, and creme de violette with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long basalt, dark chocolate, dried flowers, and toasted dark rye finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold Tempranillo that offers floral nuance and a highly pairable style.
Stina’s Cellars 2014  Tempranillo
93 points
$28
Dusty deep purple color. Fruity aromas of wild berry melange, patent leather, coconut cream, peach coulis, and cola with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long anise, fine cigars, blackberry jam, pink peppercorns, and peony petals finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak flavor. Pure fruit takes front and center in this succulent and sophisticated Washington tempranillo; a must-try.
Jarvis 2014 Estate Grown Tempranillo
92 points
$85
Black violet color. Interesting aromas of dried cherries, juniper, bacon, and cocoa powder with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, long blueberry and fine espresso finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fine Tempranillo that begs for rich meals and great company.
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.
Vertvs 2014 Crianza Tempranillo
89 points
$14.99
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Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of rose petals, tobacco, dried figs, almond joy bar, and sesame with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cheery finish manifesting notes of roasted almonds and saffron with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A floral, chewy wine that will be a nice fit with North African fare.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Elvi 2016 Herenza Estate Bottled Rioja
87 points
$13.99
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Dark garnet color. Interesting, inviting aromas and flavors of cedar scented candle, buttery sesame brittle and cheese, craisin and over roasted tomato, and tobacco and chalk with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish conveying impressions of dark chocolate toffee, brown butter, and blackberry chutney on rye with fine, chewy tannins. A distinctive and inviting savory old-school tempranillo that is drinking beautifully now.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy