Cards of Wine

Tempranillo (Spain)

Tempranillo is the red grape behind the Rioja wines of Spain.

Flavors

Cherry
Red
Cherry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Plum
Plum
Fig
Fig
Spices
Spices
Herbs
Herbs
Licorice
Licorice
Anise
Anise
Minerals
Minerals

Oak Added

Vanilla
Vanilla
Cocoa
Cocoa
Tobacco
Tobacco
Leather
Leather

Cherries, Red and Black Berries, Plum, and Fig are typical Tempranillo flavors.

Hints of Herbs, Licorice, Anise, and Minerals.

Profile

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
15-16°C (59-61°F)
Reserva 16-18°C (61-64°F)

Food Pairing

Antipasti
Tapas
Ham
Ham
Salami
Chorizo
Chili
Chili
Pasta
Pasta
Pizza
Pizza
Lasagna
Lasagna
Hamburger
Hamburger
Chicken
Chicken
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb

Tempranillo is perfect with Lamb and Pork.

It is also perfect with Filet Mignon, but lacks the tannins for a fat Beef.

Young Tempranillo pairs well with both Spicy and Tomato based dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Olives. Cold Cuts. Chorizo.
Pizza. Spaghetti. Lasagna.
Tomato Based Meatballs.
Savory Stews. Moroccan Tagine.
Poultry. Pork. Lamb.
Red Pepper Dishes.
Tacos. Nachos. Burritos.

Cheese:
Hard Sheep Cheese. Manchego. Roncal.
Pecorino Toscano.

Spanish Specialities:
Paella.
Chili con Carne.

Best Pairing Unoaked Tempranillo:
Tapas. Pizza.
Cold Cuts.
Soft Cheese.

Tempranillo Crianza:
Roasted Meat. Lamb. Pork. Poultry.
Grilled Salmon.
Casseroles.

Tempranillo Reserva:
Roasted Meat. Lamb. Pork. Poultry.
Mushroom Dishes.

Tempranillo Grand Reserva:
Grilled Suckling Lamb (Lechazo).
Grilled Suckling Pig.
Grilled Lamb Chops.
Manchego Cheese.

About Tempranillo

Tempranillo is the third most planted grape in the world.
The name comes from Spanish "temprano" which means early and refers to early ripening.

Tempranillo aka Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, and Tinta del Pais in Spain. Aragonez or Tinta Roriz in Portugal.

Tempranillo is Spain`s noble grape variety, just like Cabernet Sauvignon is to France. It grows best in the cooler wine areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Wine made with Tempranillo grapes has a flavor of berries with medium acidity. During storing, Tempranillo can develop sweet, spicy, leather, or tobacco flavors.

Tempranillo wines are softer than Bordeax and dryer than Bourgogne wines. Medium acidity and moderate tannins make these wines tasty, easy to like and easy to pair with many types of food.

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is the perfect glass for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.