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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  • Derby Wine Estates Project España 2014

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    Candied red berry/cherry fruit on the tip of the tongue, Viscous mouthfeel. While this wine does not seem particularly hot, even at 15.7 % ABV, I wonder if the alcohol is adding to the sweetness of the fruit that caused me to call it "candied." An OK wine, and, for $17, perfectly functional. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Gran Vendema Gran Reserva Rioja 2002

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the www.cellartrade.co.uk website ... Rioja Alta region.It is 100% tempranillo and was aged for two years in oak barrels and 4 years in bottle before release.. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast beef and I did enjoy it. It is a full bodied and well structured wine with lots of blac... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bodegas Vinas del Cenit "Cenit" Vino de Calidad de Tierra del Vino de Zamora 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Marques de Riscal Reserva Rioja Doca 2014

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    This wine is just such an amazing bargain. Light red berry fruit on entry. Some mid-palate spice, but even less than light. Very sedate tannin, Not the most sophisticated wine in the world, but an incredibly easy drinker. And for less than $15, a no brainer. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bodegas Burgo Viejo Palacio de Primavera Reserva Rioja DOC 2015

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    Tart mixed red/dark berry fruit. Medium bodied--fairly lean mouthfeel. Some mid-palate herbalness suggesting mint. An OK everyday drinker, but not a compelling wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bodega Alvear Palacio Quemado Crianza Vinedos Propios Ribera del Guadiana 2017

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Bodegas Vina Vilano Ribera del Duero Spain Tempranillo 2018

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    Very nice Tempranillo Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend 2015

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    Opens with red fruit--cranberry, red plum, strawberry. Acid tartness led me to calling out cranberry. Some baking spices. Tannin seems to sneak up on me. Good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bodega Alvear Palacio Quemado Crianza Vinedos Propios Ribera del Guadiana 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Nuviana Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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.

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