Tempranillo

Lucia Victoria Reserva Rioja 2018

The Lucia Victoria Reserva Rioja 2018 is a wine available at Costco for $8.89 (the .89 indicates a Costco special buy) and can be found elsewhere for about $15. This wine was produced by Bodegas Valdelacierva from 2 vineyards (50-year-old vines) near San Vincente in the Rioja Alta region. The importer is Vinamericas and here…

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Dearly Beloved I Thee Red Lodi 2021

The Dearly Beloved I Thee Red Lodi 2021 sells for $7.99 at Trader Joe’s stores and seems to sell for as high as $14 in places that TJ’s does not cover. This is a wine that returns to Trader Joe’s vintage after vintage. We typically review the latest version of this Red Blend at this…

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Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva 2018-$7.89 @ Costco

The Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva 2018 is a $7.89 Costco exclusive. This Tempranillo is produced for Costco by Vina Egula a Rioja winery with over forty years of experience. The Vina Egula Reserva sells under its own label for $13 to $19. The Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva 2018 is 100% Tempranillo and was aged for…

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Rabble Paso Robles Red Blend 2020 Costco

The Rabble Paso Robles Red Blend 2020 Costco is $10.89 at Costco and between $15 and $20 elsewhere. The blend seems to be Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Tannat, Tempranillo, and Malbec sourced from “carefully selected vineyards in Paso Robles.” The reason I say that seems to be the blend is that…

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Paton Clemente Tempranillo Crianza 2019

The Paton Clemente Tempranillo Crianza 2019 is a $4.99 Trader Joe’s import exclusive, sourced from vineyards in the La Mancha D.O. of central Spain. LaMancha is the largest wine-producing region in Spain and one of the largest in the world. Crianza is a Spanish wine designation, these wines must have two years of age with…

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Hook Or Crook Cellars Field Blend 2018

The Hook Or Crook Cellars Field Blend 2018 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Petite Sirah sourced from a vineyard in the Lodi AVA of California’s Central Valley. This is a brand of wine from Thomas Allen Wine Estates (Lodi). They produce over 1,000,000 cases (12,000,000 bottles) for well-known brands. This brand…

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Matsu El Picaro 2019

The Story The Matsu El Picaro 2019 is a Tempranillo wine sourced from 90-year-old vineyards in the Toro D.O. of Spain. Toro is located near the Northeast corner of Portugal, the northwest of Spain wraps around the Portugal border. Matsu is a Japanese word that means to wait and El Picaro translates to the Rouge….

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Capela Santa Margarida Red 2016

The Story The Capela Santa Margarida Red 2016 is a blend of 40% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 40% Trincadeira (a local varietal) and 20% Alicante Bouschet (a hybrid grape mostly used in blends) farmed in vineyards in the Alentejano region of southern Portugal. Capa Santa Margarida is an ancient 15th-century chapel and the vineyards located on what was…

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Oxte The Silence Red Blend – Trader Joe’s

The Oxte The Silence Red Blend 2017- Trader Joe’s is a Trader Joe’s $5.99 import exclusive, a blend of 40% Tempranillo, 25% Syrah, 25% Garnacha (same as Grenache) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vineyards in the Cariñena region of Northeast Spain. Oxte is the Spanish word for “shoo” as in shoo fly, to swat something away….

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Paxis Red Blend 2013

The Paxis Red Blend 2013 is a blend of Touriga Nacional (this THE red grape of Portugal), Tinta Roriz (also known as Tempranillo), and Touriga Franca (an indigenous grape that mixes well with Touriga Nacional) sourced from vineyards in the Lisboa region of Portugal. I found Paxis on sale for $6.99 and while this is the…

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Colossal Reserva Red 2015

The Colossal Reserva Red 2015 is a blend of 30% Touriga Nacional (probably the #1 Red grape of Portugal), 30% Syrah, 30% Tinta Roriz (known as Tempranillo in Spain), and 10% Alicante Bouschet sourced from Casa Santos Lima estate vineyards in the Lisboa wine region of Portugal. The Colossal Reserva is something of a rare wine,…

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90+ Cellars Big Red Blend Lot 113 2015

The 90+ Cellars Big Red Blend Lot 113 2015 is an unusual blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Tempranillo, and Souzoa sourced from vineyards in Lodi, California. 90+ Cellars are Negociants, what negociants do is purchase surplus wine from wineries and sell it under their own label. Sometimes they buy fermented juice from a famous winery…

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Tarantas Tempranillo 2012

The Tarantas Tempranillo 2012 is 100% Tempranillo sourced from certified organic vineyards in the Utiel-Requena DO of Valencia in eastern Spain (not far from the Mediterranean). Tarantas is made by Bodegas Iranzo one of the oldest wine estates in Spain, records show an estate on this site since the 1300s and the current estate dates to…

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Spartico Organic Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo 2015

The Spartico Organic Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo 2015 is a 50/50 blend from certified organic vineyards in the Utiel-Requena region (inside of Valencia Province) of western Spain. Utiel-Requena has a wine history dating back to Roman times. The Spartico has no detectable sulfites. Sulfites are added to wine to help it age and keep it fresh, but the Spartico Organic…

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2011 Viña Fuerte Tempranillo Crianza

The 2011 Viña Fuerte Tempranillo Crianza is a $4.99 ALDI’s import exclusive, bottled by Bodegas Isidro Milagro using grapes grown in the La Mancha DO (a DO is similar to an AVA in California, it delineates the boundaries of a wine region and provides rules and regulations) of central Spain. La Mancha is a huge…

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JOYA Sangria Red

JOYA Sangria Red is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal sourced from vineyards around the town of La Puebla De Almoradiel in the province of Toledo, inside the Castilla-LaMancha region of Spain. You are probably familiar with Tempranillo and Garnacha, Bobal is a grape native to Spain that traditionally has been used for producing…

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Torres Altos Ibericos Crianza 2011

The Torres Altos Ibericos Crianza 2011 is 100% Tempranillo sourced from Torres estate vineyards (they own 1,000s of acres of vines) on the Iberian Peninsula in the Rioja region of Spain. Torres is a large family owned winery and vineyards, founded in 1870. Spanish wine is classified by the length of time the wine is…

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Bodegas Ontanon Reserva 2005

The Bodegas Ontanon Reserva 2005 is 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano grown in Estate vineyards (Tempranillo in the La Pasada vineyard and the Graciano in the La Montesa vineyard) in the southern Rioja region of Spain. The Graciano grape is primarily grown in Rioja as a blending grape, it adds color and aging properties. Bodegas…

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Zagarrón Velada Crianza Tempranillo 2011

The Zagarrón Velada Crianza Tempranillo 2011 is sourced from Bodegas Zagarrón vineyards in the La Mancha DO of Central Spain. Bodegas Zagarrón, founded in 1948,  is a co-op of 780 grape growers with vineyards covering over 12,250 acres of land. La Mancha is the largest grape growing region in the world in terms of acreage. …

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Poker D Tempranillos 2010

The Poker D Tempranillos 2010 is a blend of 4 different Tempranillo clones farmed in vineyards in the Campo de Calatrava region of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain. This is a Vinas de la Tierra de Castilla wine, which is the Spanish equivalent to the IGT wines from Italy and the Vin de Pays wines from…

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Bodega Dehesa de Luna 2012

The Bodegas Dehesa de Luna 2012 is a blend of mainly Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with additional indigenous grapes sourced from 2 Estate vineyards (sustainably farmed) in the Castilla-LaMancha region (near Madrid), in the middle of Spain. This is classified a Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla wine, which is roughly equivalent to the Vin de Pays…

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AllozO Tempranillo Reserva 2008

  The 2008 AllozO Tempranillo Reserva is sourced from grapes grown near the town of Tomelloso in the Ciudad Real Province of Castilla La Mancha in Spain. AllozO is produced by Bodegas Centro Espanolas (they also make exceptional Reserva, 25 and 100-year-old Brandy), even though Tempranillo is The Red wine of Spain, it was not…

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Raimat Tempranillo 2011

The 2011 Raimat Tempranillo is sourced from Estate vineyards in the Costers del Segre DO in the Province of Lleida of Catalonia near Barcelona in Northeast Spain. The climate in Coster del Segre is hot during the day and cold at night and that wide daily variation in temperature allowed the grapes ample time to…

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Casa Gualda Tempranillo 2013

The 2013 Casa Gualda Tempranillo is 90% Tempranillo, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot sourced from vineyards in the Castilla-LaMancha DOP of central Spain. Spanish Red wines are classified by how long they are aged, the Casa Gualda is a Joven or young wine, which means it has little or no aging, if you see…

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Xtaltes Frizzante Tempranillo Rosado 2013

The 2013 Xtales Frizzante Tempranillo Rosado (Rose’) was sourced from vineyards in the Castilla-LaMancha DOP of central Spain. Frizzante indicates that the Xtales has a little fizz to it, but nowhere near the bubbles of a Sparkling wine. This is a young wine (no aging, ferment it and bottle it) produced with carbonic maceration, the same…

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