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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2007 Viña Tondonia Tinto, Reserva, Bodegas R. López de Heredia, Rioja, Spain
Red
2007
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13.0% Alcohol
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2017 Valdeginés, Artadi, Rioja, Spain
Red
2017
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14.5% Alcohol
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1999 Torresilo, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Red
1999
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14.5% Alcohol
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2012 Valbuena 5°, Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera del Duero, Spain
Red
2012
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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
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14.0% Alcohol
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2008 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Red
2008
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14.5% Alcohol
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2004 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Red
2004
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£824.68 – bottle (75cl)
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2016 Pingus Dominio de Pingus
Red
2016
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14.5% Alcohol
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2015 Viña El Pisón, Artadi, Rioja
Red
2015
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14.5% Alcohol
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2012 Viña Arana, Gran Reserva, La Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain
Red
2012
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13.5% Alcohol
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2012 Viña El Pisón, Artadi, Rioja
Red
2012
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14.5% Alcohol
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2012 La Granja, Gran Reserva, Remelluri, Rioja, Spain
Red
2012
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14.5% Alcohol
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2012 Reserva Especial, Bodegas Hacienda Monasterio, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Red
2012
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14.5% Alcohol
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2012 Pagos Viejos, Artadi, Rioja
Red
2012
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2008 Pagos Viejos, Artadi, Rioja
Red
2008
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2008 Valbuena 5°, Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Red
2008
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14.0% Alcohol
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2012 Valdeginés, Artadi, Rioja
Red
2012
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14.5% Alcohol
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2012 Bodegas Alión, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Red
2012
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14.5% Alcohol
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2007 Contador, Rioja
Red
2007
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14.0% Alcohol
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2007 Viña Real, Gran Reserva, Bodegas C.V.N.E., Rioja
Red
2007
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13.5% Alcohol
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2008 Remelluri Reserva, Rioja
Red
2008
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13.5% Alcohol
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2008 Bodegas Pintia, Toro, Spain
Red
2008
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14.0% Alcohol
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