Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

A high quality red wine grape that is grown all over Spain except in the hot South - it is known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Cencibel in La Mancha and Valdepenas and Ull de Llebre in Catalonia. Its spiritual home is in Rioja and Navarra where it constitutes around 70% of most red blends.

Tempranillo-based wines tend to have a spicy, herbal, tobacco-like character accompanied by ripe strawberry and red cherry fruits. It produces fresh, vibrantly fruit driven "jovenes" meant for drinking young. However Tempranillo really comes into its own when oak aged, as with the top Riojas  where its flavours seem to harmonise perfectly with both French and American oak, producing rich, powerful and concentrated wines which can be extraordinarily long-lived.

In Ribera del Duero it generally sees less oak - the exception being Vega Sicilia where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and then aged for an astonishing 7 years in oak and is unquestionably one of the world`s greatest wines.

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2008 Viña Tondonia Tinto, Reserva, Bodegas R. López de Heredia, Rioja, Spain
Red
2008
Ready, but will keep
Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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£105.00 – bottle (75cl)
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1990 Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain
Red
1990
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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£324.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2013 Valbuena 5°, Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Red
2013
For Laying Down
Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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£380.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2004 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Red
2004
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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