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Top 5 Tempranillo at the LCBO

Bordon Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 Bottle Bordon Rioja Gran Reserva 2007

Rioja, Spain
428060

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Viña Real Oro Reserva 2010 Bottle Viña Real Oro Reserva 2010

Rioja, Spain
94896

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Rompesedas 2006, Do Toro Bottle Rompesedas 2006, Do Toro

Toro, Spain
425868

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Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a variety of black grape widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. It is the main grape used in Rioja, and is often referred to as Spain's "noble grape". Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish temprano ("early"), a reference to the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. In the last 100 years it has been planted in South America, USA, South Africa and Australia. Tempranillo wines can be consumed young, but the most expensive ones (reserva or gran reserva bottlings) are aged for several years in oak barrels. The wines are ruby red in colour, with aromas and flavors of berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herb.