Tempranillo

Common synonyms: Tinto Fino, Ulle de Llebre, Tinto del Pais, Aragones(z), Cencibel, Tinto del Toro, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Riojano, Valdepeñas

 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Europe, not known exactly where
 
History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it could have been brought there by the Moors from somewhere else unknown. There are theories it’s a clonal offshoot of Pinot Noir, and though it shares some characteristics, it has been proven the two are not related. But regardless, Tempranillo, which means “early little one” for its penchant for early ripening, has become widely cultivated all over the world in many styles. 
 
It is the leading red grape in Spain, where it is called by many names according to where it’s grown. It is most distinguished as the main grape of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, where, particularly in the higher altitude vineyard locations, it is produced Read more »

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  • Bodegas Abanico Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Porca de Murca Douro 2013

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  • Bodegas Alto Almanzora Red Blend Almeria Este 2008

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    Decent nose to this garnet colored wine. Chocolate, dark cherry and red berry fruits with spice notes. The round gripping tannins pull the fruit and spice to a juicy acidic aftertaste dominated by the well framed fruit. The aftertaste is medium long just like the body. The mid palate is best, picking up a sweetness to the dark cherry backdrop. I... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Vina Zaco Rioja 2011

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    This was a disappointment in comparison to the '08. Could be that it sat to longer. The fresh berry notes were muted and the wine seemed out of balance. There was an uncharacteristic burn at the end also. Good, but nothing to write home about - Paul 83 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Vina Zaco Rioja 2011

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  • Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Viña Cumbrero Crianza 2010

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    At first I was a little disappointed but as the wine opened the cherry, spice and honeyed notes started to rise up and with a little swirling it got going at the it developed into the Top 100 WS wine that it should. The honey note was particularly satisfying at the end - drink or hold. Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Viña Cumbrero Crianza 2010

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  • DV/LV-Nice Washington Cab! We had a different 2007 last weekend and it was ... ... 3.99 wine is a 2012 Tapena Tempranillo. Best value buy ever for me. Great for my non-wine loving friends and family not to mention parties.&nbs Read More

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  • Bodegas Aragonesas Castillo de Fuendejalon Crianza Campo de Borja 2012

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  • Just not a good selection of imports in these parts and for good ... the little bit of tempranillo from here ditto, almost all the whites, too.  Then there's all that awesome Italian wine for $15-20, whites and reds, and I find those on my table more and more midweek.I've been thinking of planning things out more so that I don't miss out on win... Read More

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  • spanish red wine-los molinos,temprranillo,valdepenas.a must for pate and cheeses,very well balanced and full of flavour,available in spain at £1 a bottle,does anyone sell this locally,one of the nicest i have EVER tasted.

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  • Yes, I do. Bodegas Paso Robles has a stellar, lower alcohol Tempranillo...and a Tempranillo Rose which is not to be missed. Wine maker, Dorothy Schuler take wine making seriously and buys only the finest grapes, from which she crafts her delicious array of Spanish and Portuguese wines. It is worth the trip to Paso Robles, CA. , just to sample h...

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  • Love the food friendliness of Tempranillo

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  • Yes, we were there visiting from the Laurence Welk Resort. I must say that we enjoyed the "lecture" on wines that Mick, and the other gentleman gave. Tom, who served the samples during the talk, was a very good server. Of all the wine tasting events we have been to, this one topped them all. Tom introduced us to your Belle Marie Tempranillo. ...

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  • Do you like the Rubens Tempranillo? I just enjoyed a bottle...very very dry, but enjoyable.

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