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

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
Don Aurelio 2016 Reserva De Familia Tempranillo
92 points
$36
Dusty garnet color. Mature, earthy aromas and flavors of oily roasted nuts and olive, conditioned leather, clay, and berry-vanilla cake with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish with accents of marinated sour cherries and beets, cedar, and cascara with well-integrated, crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and layered Old World Tempranillo with power and finesse.
Mirat 2004 Reserva Tempranillo
92 points
$45
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, baked plum, vanilla bean, and dried dill with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length finish with accents of fig, black tea, and tapenade with drying, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely Ribera del Duero with solid maturity and deep, complex flavors.
Mirat 2009 Gran Reserva Tempranillo
92 points
$75
Dark brick red color. Aromas of raisins, leather, toasted coconut, fig vinaigrette, toffee, and persimmon with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, distinctive, medium-long cacao nibs, espresso bean, cherry pie, and dried dill finish with moderate oak flavor. A mature and ready-to-drink Ribera del Duero with a complex finish.
Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro 2018 Tinto Arzuaga Crianza Ribera Del Duero
92 points
$32
Indigo color. Aromas of cassis preserves, cinnamon, cumin, shaved coconut, lemon zest, leather, and green olives with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long hints of roasted coffee beans, cured meats, and dark chocolate finish with moderate oak flavor. An indulgent Ribera del Duero with a kaleidoscope of harmonizing flavors.
Monte De Oro 2017 Monte De Oro Vineyard Estate Grown Tempranillo
92 points
$32
Dusty dark garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of ripe morello cherries, black olive, leather, espresso, and toasted almonds with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of dark chocolate, hints of charcoal, black tea, and oregano with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely domestic expression of Tempranillo with great varietal character; complex and balanced this wine will be an interesting conversation starter at the table.
Jarvis 2016 Estate Tempranillo
91 points
$90
Deep purple color. Aromas of ripe plum, wild strawberry, vanilla-scented tobacco, pine, and roasted coconut with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long castelvetrano olives, raspberry jam, salted nuts, and chocolate wafer finish with heavy oak flavor. A concentrated and flashy Napa Tempranillo with generous oak.
Campo Viejo 2015 Reserva Tempranillo
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Earthy, mature aromas and flavors of dried figs and dates, balsamic reduction, rose hip jam, castelvetrano olives, and wet leaves with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, very long finish displaying notes of smoked almonds, candied orange peel, and carob. A mature, layered Tempranillo that drinks wonderfully now and will continue to blossom with time.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Jarvis 2016 Estate Tempranillo
91 points
$90
Deep purple color. Aromas of ripe plum, wild strawberry, vanilla-scented tobacco, pine, and roasted coconut with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long castelvetrano olives, raspberry jam, salted nuts, and chocolate wafer finish with heavy oak flavor. A concentrated and flashy Napa Tempranillo with generous oak.
Opolo Vineyards 2018  Tempranillo
90 points
$30
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, berry compote, coconut, vanilla, rose petals, and dill with a satiny, lively, dry medium body and a smooth, distinctive, relaxed finish that shows notes of black cherry, blood orange zest, black tea, black plum, milk chocolate mounds bar, Nutella, and marzipan with fine, well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A California Tempranillo bursting with concentrated notes of berries, spice, and flowers - Rioja lovers need apply.