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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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Excellens Cuvee Especial 2011

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    Another lovely one. Mint, Blackcurrant, and roasted Plum. Medium Acidity and very soft and full in the mouth with a toasted Caramel and Oak finish. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Martin Codax Rioja Ergo 2012

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    A little to dry for me but well balanced. Red fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Los Enoloz Tempranillo Joven 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sofia Fisher


  • Cherry On Top Sweet Red 2010

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    Wine review by Frankie67


  • Porca de Murca Douro 2013

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    Purpleish coloring with burgundy/red hues....looks just like fresh grape juice and has wee tiny bubbles upon pouring! Aromas of cassis, Earthy berries, soil and pith...dry overall. As this warms up, the flavors are dry, fruity, tobacco leaf, cherry, root spices and perhaps some dry premium cocoa. Creamy smooth mouthfeel and highly drinkable, ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Somewhat murky prune color. Berry nose. Bit of a hit of cherry on entry, ... am accustomed to for a Rioja Tempranillo. Bone dry. Medium-bodied. A reasonable experience for $6.99, but, otherwise, not memorabl Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Castillo de Perelada 5 Fincas Reserva 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • ProWein, the annual wine and spirits fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the ... ... of Tino Toro, a clone of Tempranillo. All of the fruit came from a single vineyard that is over 140 years old. Red violets and leather fill the nose. The incredibly soft, deep, and giving palate is stuffed with red cherry flavors tinged with bits of raspberry. Kir... Read More

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  • Dios Ares Reserva Rioja 2008

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    Wow, very nondescript. Just the lightest hit of blueberry fruit on the tip of the tongue. A kinduva cinnamon thing going on at the back of the palate. Very light-bodied for a red. Nothing really offensive, though, and it is low-dollar. I will drink the whole bottle. So, all is not lost. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bodegas Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 2010

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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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