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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  • Rio Madre Rioja Graciano 2011

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    From what I read, most rioja's use tempranillo grapes more than graciano, whereas this wine is 100% graciano. I absolutely loved this rioja and it's one of my favorites. Very intense wine, complex, heavy tannins. Would definitely buy again. Read More

    Wine review by alex7ktrc


  • A little wine tasting was on tap tonight in Crystal City, VA.  I picked ... del Sio Petite Sios Tinto Tempranillo blend.  We also bought a French wine tonight, which I'll post in the Weekend Wine topic because we just opened it and we'll enjoy that on a night that seems like a weeken Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... likes those. Had far more Tempranillo, which isn't an unusual grape, as well as more Syrah, Garnacha, Mencia, Nebbiolo and oddly, Mourvedre, and then the odd Harslevelu and Trepat.What was unusual, at least for me since I didn't know much was grown in the US, was California Lag... Read More

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  • 2009 Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita Reserva 2009

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    Picked this up at Jubilation; Quite a Beauty, Opens with perfume & strawberry, then allspice and plum preserves, and then strawberry preserves and milk chocolate fudge, A few swirls and Blueberry, iris, violets, and spice - minimal, but complementary oak. Big mouthful, medium tannins and acidity, but long finish. Seems at the perfect age. Very ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Cune Rioja Crianza 2010

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    Picked this one up from Jubilation; A sniff and it opens with butterscotch, toffee, and condensed milk, quickly goes to plum, raspberry, cinnamon, vanilla, and grape jam. Opens further with more savory and herbal notes. A silky mouthful with a medium long finish of raisin, port, and oak...Continues to develop more complexity as it sits in the g... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Al,First off, I recommend NOT eating hot dogs.  Ever.  If you do eat ... misinformation here).  Tempranillo is often aged for at least six years.  Lots of it, for some weird reason, has this gold wire netting around the bottle.  It wasn't too difficult of a guess.  It was one or the other.  Have you had much Rioja Al?  If not, look for the Mug... Read More

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  • This is just me, and I'm a weirdo, but I doubt I'd go see a game with ... ... it looks like you have a Tempranillo on your special shelf.  Maybe a 2000 Rioj Read More

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  • Hazana Rioja Reserva Bodegas Abanico 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Sometimes I have to think a minute about what sort of wine would be appropriate with an activity, rather than a certain meal.  I mean, you might pour a glass of wine without any thought given to a food stuff that might be consumed while you enjoy the wine. For instance, I could come home and find one of our cats sleeping on the couch in the fami... 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.

    Comment by 607257mr emmerton 607257 mr emmerton


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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...

    Comment by 452889geegeeswinetouring 452889 geegeeswinetouring


  • Love the food friendliness of Tempranillo

    Comment by 377149CarmineFio 377149 CarmineFio


  • 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. ...

    Comment by 340103VivaTempranillo 340103 VivaTempranillo


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

    Comment by 127903rharrisphd 127903 rharrisphd


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