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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2012 Remelluri Reserva, Rioja
Red
2012
Ready, but will keep
Medium Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2017 Valdeginés, Artadi, Rioja, Spain
Red
2017
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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2010 Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain
Red
2010
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2016 Dominio del Aguila, Reserva, Ribero del Duero, Spain
Red
2016
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Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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£70.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2014 Viña Arana, Gran Reserva, La Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain
Red
2014
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2005 Gran Reserva 890, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
Red
2005
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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£122.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2009 Calvario, Finca Allende, Rioja, Spain
Red
2009
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2012 Valbuena 5°, Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera del Duero, Spain
Red
2012
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
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13.5% Alcohol
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2015 Valbuena 5°, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain (Limited Edition Signed Case)
Red
2015
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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£160.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2007 Aurus, Finca Allende, Rioja, Spain
Red
2007
Ready, but will keep
Medium Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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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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£824.68 – bottle (75cl)
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2016 Pingus Dominio de Pingus
Red
2016
For laying down
Full Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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2015 Viña El Pisón, Artadi, Rioja
Red
2015
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Full Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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