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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  • Black Cellar Blend 9 Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo NV

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    Nice cranberry coloration and with good clarity throughout....tinges of purple, rusty brown and violet hues along the ridges....after some swirling, there is a plentiful amount of legs. Nice fruit forward aromas of plum, tart cherry, Earth and touches of leather and cooked root vegetable....the finish smells dry and of sun drenched grapevine. ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • The '15 Bedrock is a little wound up. A year orbtwo owuld surely help.I ... 2016 Gather Rosé of Tempranillo Amador County 1x 2014 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir (reload)2x 2015 Son of a Butcher Napa Valley RedThen it was off to WineBid to pick up some recent iwnnings but on the way Instopped at Napa Valley Wine and Cigar to visi... Read More

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  • Sabor Real Toro 2008

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    Serious blackberry representation. Needs a bit of time to open. Drink in first two days. I've had better wine from Spain based on acid/balance. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Antano Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Quite darkpretty much, opaquein the glass. Modest barnyard nose. On the tongue I am surprised at the lack of fruitthere is some dark berry fruit there, but it is very light and pretty sour. Lots of dustiness which gives a puckery sensation. What do you expect for Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Had a small BBQ with another couple tonight - sort of a smallish celebration. ... out this:A 2009 Vina Equia tempranillo based Rioja Reserva.  Beautiful, rich and ladened with dark berry fruits, anise, spice and solid tannins accompanied with juicy acidit Read More

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  • Vina Equia Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2009

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    In a word rich. Loads of dark berry fruits, anise, earthy notes, green herbals lead to a palate that echos with additional vanilla, red currant and solid framing tannins with great acidity. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Anciano Clasico Garnacha 2015

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    Beautiful ruby red coloration and nice clarity....cranberry and plum hues in the background.....the aromas are very fruit forward and juicy, which I find so different for a Spanish Vino....yet with young spice and hot sun heat. Flavors follow suit, with generous cherry, black current and the finish lingers on the palate for a spell, bringing a ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Campos Reales Canfora Reserva Especial 2010

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    Wine review by exitalia


  • Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2011

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    Light fruit on the nose, but, also, some fungal notes. Light red fruit, maybe, plum. on the tip of the tongue. VERY sedate tannins. This one is so easy to drink--no harshness no bitterness. A (minty?) herbal suggestion on the rear palalte. Excellent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • RCKR-I have not drank much Monastrell but I would say yes, mainly because I ... I ... I have drank a lot of Tempranillo over the years.  I will keep the Hecula in mind for future purchase.&nbs 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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    Comment by 517983marsob 517983 marsob


  • 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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