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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  • Protocolo Tinto Dominio de Eguren 2012

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    The wine is a nice bright ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is classic tempranillo, with aromas of ripe berries, plum and leather and just a hint of mint. The taste is not as laden with jammy fruit as the nose would suggest, instead the fruit was subdued and quickly transitioned to some notes of iron and toasted oak midpalate... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Castillo Catadau Gran Reserva 2008

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    Another Naked Wines one...Red Ruby with a bit of Brown translucent in the ... ... 'not Angel', just as many Tempranillos can be. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rioja Crianza. Ramon Bilbao 2011

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    love this: soft tannins, black cherries/berries, light oak Read More

    Wine review by noaer


  • Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2004

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    Tasted with my other half. We were both blown away by the nose of this wine - namely, the notes of COCOA!! along with some ground coffee, leather, and chestnut. More of the same on the palate, with restrained oak and dried fruit/date. Long length and balanced acidity. We both liked this one, and have never really smelled anything else quite like... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Vina Ijalba Rioja Livor Tempranillo 2012

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    This seemed like an unusual rioja to me. It is pretty sweet and heavy, with some complexity. Fruit syrup, a dash of yeast, a little citrus. Good. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Booker Vineyard Tempranillo Paso Robles 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Caliza Paso Robles Cohort 2011

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    Thick and rich ripe blackberry and black cherry aromas with some earth and leather on the nose and a dash of black pepper with a touch of heat. Very smooth on the entry followed by a bite of tannin filling the mouth with some cranberry and black cherry. Some licorice sneaks in behind blueberry as the tannins linger well into the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Caliza Sympatico 2012

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    Ripe cherry fruit on the nose with a fair bit of spice, cinnamon, and touches of black pepper. Quite spicy and rich with a really fresh and ripe acidity. The leather and tobacco notes are just beginning to develop; an indication of just how age-worthy this wine is. But, it's drinking great right now. The ripe red berry fruits continue to deliv... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Emilio Moro Finca Resalso 2014

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    Earthy and chalky aromas with clay and mineral density laying over red fruit, tart raspberry and cranberry. Black fruit flavors, mostly blackberry and blueberry as well, showing good structure in the mouth and a full bodied acidity to lift the palate and uncover notes of dark earth and dark chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo 2013

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    Grate! Read More

    Wine review by oldhare


  • 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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