Tempranillo

Tempranillo

Tempranilo Wines

Tinto Fino, Tinta Roriz, Rioja and Ribero Del Duero

Tempranillo wine is Spain‘s most prominent quality red variety. It is the primary grape variety grown in Rioja and Ribera del Duero, where it’s known as the 'Tinto Fino'. Tempranillo produces rich young reds as well as fine and well-structured oak-aged reds with hints of vanilla, tobacco spice and strawberry flavors which is normally blended with Garnacha, Graciano, and Mazuelo but sometimes produced on its own. Tempranillo is also one of the major red varieties of Argentina and further grown in Australia, California, and Languedoc-Roussillon.

What does Tempranillo Wine taste like?

The flavor of Tempranillo is essentially savory rather than sweet. It delivers contrasting flavors of cherries and leather. The finer wines have more balance in earthy and fruity flavors. Its dominant flavors include cherry, cedar, dried fig, dill, and tobacco. The age influences the flavors of Tempranillo significantly, with Crianza and Roble examples presenting rich fruit flavors and some heat. The finish is typically smooth and lingers with the hints of tannin.

Four Classifications of Tempranillo

  1. Vin Joven
  2. Crianza
  3. Reserva
  4. Gran Reserva

Food Pairing

Tempranillo pairs well with all types of food because of its savory character.

  • It is particularly suited for all meats; shoulder cuts of beef, filet mignon, braised pork ribs and especially lamb.
  • Tempranillo pairs well with stronger fish such as salmon.
  • Lasagna, pizza and dishes with tomato-based sauces.
  • Barbecue grilled-meats, smoky dishes.
  • Corn based meals such as grits, polenta, and Mexican food

Characteristics

FRUIT: cherry, dried fig, plum, and tomato
OTHERS: cedar, clove, dill, leather, tobacco, and vanilla
OAK: Typically aged between 6-18 months in American or using French Oak
TANNIN: medium +
ACIDITY: medium -

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