Best Tempranillo Wine


Tempranillo is a native grape from Spain, and many believe, the most important grape for Spanish wine. The name Tempranillo comes from the Spanish word “temprano” which means “early” and is a reference to the fact that this grape ripens earliest of all other grapes in the country.

Tempranillo is most commonly known as Tempranillo, but it does have as many synonyms as there are dialects of Spanish. Here are a few more names commonly encountered: Tinto Fino, Tinto del Pais, Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, Tinto Roriz.

Tempranillo can be notoriously difficult to grow as it ripens so early the buds can be susceptible to spring frosts, and the skins are very thin making them a likely candidate for rot. The vines are often grown at a high altitude as it helps gain the diurnal shift (hot days and cool nights). The grape needs to achieve sugar content and a balancing acidity.

My reviews of these Tempranillo red wines are updated weekly. These Tempranillo red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Tempranillo wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Tempranillo in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Miguel Torres Infinite Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Penedes, Spain
This gorgeous blend of tempranillo (85%) and cabernet sauvignon (15%) grapes offers rich, ripe blackberries and plums on the nose. The wine is full-bodied, deeply flavoured and mouth-watering. It's an incredible price for this quality. Snap up a case for your next party. Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: legumes to rice dishes with meat and vegetables, grilled steak, hamburgers Ideal with poultry and cured cheese.. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2015  Price: $12.95 Score: 89/100

This Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon was reviewed August 5, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 231795  3282 in stock

Condado De Haza Crianza Tempranillo 2009
D.O., Ribera Del Duero, Spain
I love the mature taste of this wine: leather, spice and smoke with a backdrop of dried red fruit. Chewy and savoury and ready to drink now. Winemaker Alejandro Fernández is a widely respected person in the region. Ready to drink now or try if you can, to cellar it for a few years for even more pleasure. Tempranillo food pairings: lamb, roast suckling pig, sirloin steaks, semi-cured sheep cheese, short ribs. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Luscious Lamb Wine  Price: $24.95 Score: 91/100

This Tempranillo was reviewed October 26, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 963348  920 in stock
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Zuccardi Tempranillo 2006
Mendoza, Argentina
A solid wine that delivers pleasure. Blackberry and plum with great structure and a supple texture. Full-bodied. Decant for 1-2 hours. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $18.99 Score: 90/100

This Tempranillo was reviewed June 12, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 973503  Check Stock
BC: 165662  487 in stock

Raimat Tempranillo/Syrah 2004
Do Costers Del Segre, Spain
Vintages Wine Panel: Spain’s reputation for red wines is built on the Tempranillo grape. With its rich, cedary/berry intensity, it can be enjoyed now or aged for several years. When blended with the French Syrah, a grape that brings blackberry and pepper nuances, the result is a vibrant, fruity and balanced wine. My note: Spunky and vibrant wine. Medium to full-bodied and smooth. Aromas of red fruit with blackberry and raspberry. Raimat Tempranillo/Syrah food pairings: gourmet sausages, steaks. Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Best Value Red Wine  Price: $13.95 Score: 89/100

This Raimat Tempranillo/Syrah was reviewed June 9, 2007 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 14696  Check Stock

Montecillo Crianza Tempranillo 2005
Rioja, Spain
Old World finesse with mature aromas of leather and cigar box. Some dried herbs and pleasantly bitter cherries. Alcohol: 13.5%  750 ml  Price: $13.95 Score: 87/100

This Tempranillo was reviewed September 2, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Tempranillo soils vary in each vineyard over the Spanish countryside, but typically they are croppings of limestone, alluvial, and clay. Tempranillo is typically blended with Garnacha in Spain and Syrah in New World countries.

Tempranillo’s two most famous regions of Spain are the Rioja and the Ribera del Duero. Rioja was the first to gain international notice with Tempranillo from such producers as Muga, Campo Viejo, Marques de Caceres, and La Rioja Alta. However, the Ribera del Duero has taken huge strides forward to garner notice in the last few decades. The region’s best known producer, Vega Sicilia, was the first to prove it could produce a fine Tempranillo, but other big names include The Dane maker of Dominio de Pingus, Spain's most expensive wine, Mauro, and Torres.

While Spain is hardly the only country growing this finicky grape, it seems to be its true home. Other countries growing this grape include: Argentina, Chile, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and the United States where some believe Texas has the right conditions to produce a fine Tempranillo. However, the most important second home of Tempranillo is in Portugal, where it goes by the name Tinto Roriz and is a key component of Port wine.

The wine Tempranillo itself has aromas of tobacco leaves, leather, and a spicy quality, and can sometimes display berry flavours. Tempranillo pairs nicely with a traditional Spanish dish like Cuchifritos which is a roast of goat or lamb done with bay leaves, rosemary, some garlic, vinegar, and olive oil. Researched by Lesley Quinn