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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  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Rioja

    The Rioja region of Spain produces one of the world’s finest, and most long lived wines: Rioja. R...

  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Ribera Del Duero

    This region is located within Castilla y Leon and runs along the Duero River. The area concentr...

  • Castilla y León

    This region is located north-northwest of Madrid. Its terrain is a combination of flat, open pl...

  • Catalunya

      Catalunya (Catalonia in Spanish) is located in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula and...

  • Castilla-la Mancha

      Castilla la Mancha is a region located in the central Iberian plateau that up until recent...

  • Aragón

      This region, rich in history, was once the home of celebrated 16th century royals Ferdinan...

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  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Ca' Momi Wines

    "Ca’ Momi” wines are named for our family home in Northern Italy. The name also pays tribute to M...

  • Tisdale Vineyards

    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

  • Mogen David Wine Co.

    Mogen David is an American fortified wine with an ABV of 13-20%, and is the “pride of Westfield...

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Tempranillo on Snooth

  • V V - I love Spanish wines.  I wish I could find this one locally.  ... that I really enjoyed this Tempranillo wine, but not much more.  My sister - shown below - had a glass of Pinot Gris I believe as she is a white wine drinke Read More

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  • Casa Santos Lima Tinto Lab 2012

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    Wonderful red blend...so pleased. Well balanced, great price point, red/black fruit all in balance and very fruit forward with enough oak to balance. A screw top too! Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Two very enjoyable evenings, OT.  We are planning to be up there, again, ... ... our minds), Primitivo, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah and Syrah.  OK, I agree, the last two are not too hard to find in California, and, clearly, Viognier is becoming more and more mainstream.Tonight we are going back to the well for the tried and true.Slowly I am wor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Lopez de Haro Rioja Reserva 2005

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    Bouquet of dried fruits and tobacco, hint of spice, dry, silky smooth and lingering tannins. Very drinkable and great value. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


  • Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Volteo Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2009

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    very nice, soft wine fruitful Read More

    Wine review by Wollw


  • Alamos Red Blend 2012

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    Oct. 2014, Polly's. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • "They must be legit because they have a YouTube video for their ... semillon, muscadet, gamay, tempranillo, sangiovese, nebbiolo, syrah, zin) I feel comfy and grounded, like I've come home for a visit. But it's a big world out there and staying stuck at home can make one stale...  ; Read More

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  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2004

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    A bit more fruit forward, but with the age, very soft and balanced, dry with herbs and spice notes. Another value. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Senorio de P. Pecina Rioja Crianza O 2007

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    This wine is classic Rioja that in 2014 still needs aeration to get the full earthy and leathery tones out of it. Not for casual sipping but perfect with red sauces and fat to be really appreciated. Bargain in my mind. Read More

    Wine review by listmanj


  • 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. ...

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

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