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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  • EM - Yes, the self-imposed wine-buying moratorium is not in effect when my ... ... a Beronia 2006 Grand Reserva Tempranillo blend for $52.99.  Very good wine for the price in a restaurant.  We paired that with Icelandic cod for Sandra and rack of lamb for myself.  We also enjoyed their baguette with it's spreads.  A very nice evening.  This af... Read More

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  • Bodegas Vina Vilano Ribera del Duero Reserva 2011


    Wow. Big Tannin. I like it. Blackberry fruit on entry might be a bit candied, but that is quickly blown away by puckery tannin. The only other analog that comes to mind is unsweetened chocolateor, this is it, Mexican mole sauce. There is no denying that this wine is a mouthful. $14 at Costco. Im going back for more. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014


    I just think that average American wine drinker doesn't understand Spanish winemaking at this level. This was very good, very,very good. Dark currant, earth, herbs, spice and smooth tannins with matching acidity lead to a even finish that is succulent and inviting. Drink now or hold - decant for now - 90 points Pauk Read More

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  • Jen Pfeiffer Rebel Tempranillo 2015


    A recent Naked Wines selection. Dark red purple opaque. Opens with ... as my ... ... as my preferred style of Tempranillo, but still good. Would like to set this aside for few and see what this is like, once softened. Held up pretty well to a Steak and caramelized onions, mushrooms, peppers, and chipotles. Always an interest to see what Jen Pf... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5 Ano 2009


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    Wine review by pinturic

  • La Tercera Reserva Rioja 2010


    Overly dry for a tempranillo. Nice fruit with some spice. Read More

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  • Marques de Caceres Excellens Cuvee Especial Rioja Doca 2012


    Had this with Lunch the other day at Perry's Steakhouse in Dallas. Very soft, fragrant with spice, earth, mineral, dark ripe fruit and cocoa and tobacco. Low Tannins & Acidity, but good, but simple complexity. Not bad pricing by the glass. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • RCKR, Thanks! But you did give me an idea. I've never actually developed my ... varietals - like sangiovese, tempranillo, barbera, gruner veltliner, lemberger, etc. BIG AL - Trader Joe's over here cannot sell wine. They're only allowed to sell those horrendous non-alcoholic "wine products."  We can only buy from wine shops. But there is a great... 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.

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  • Wineclan.com, the wine social network in spanish! Join!

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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...

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  • Love the food friendliness of Tempranillo

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  • 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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