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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  • Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Dehesa la Granja Alejandro Fernandez 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • El Coto Rioja Crianza Tinto 2014

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    Cherry, raspberry and chocolate nose with red fruits and oak notes and medium tannins. Easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Radio Boca Tempranillo Valencia

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    Beautiful ruby red colour, floral scent like fresh carnations. Semi-sweet, tart, a bit dry, slight oak flavour, and no aftertaste. Nice kick, makes clear that you're drinking wine. Probably a good dinner accompaniment. This isn't really my thing and don't taste all the wonderful adjectives on the label. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Finca Villacreces Pruno 2015

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    Beautiful dark cherry colour. On the nose, blueberries, some sweet (perhaps candied Maraschino) cherry and Grandma's cedar chest; a lot of cultivated ripe, blueberry on a bed of soft oak (vanilla, some tannin poking through). Finishes slightly sweet, round and slightly tannic (the wine can age several more years easily, but is delicious now). 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Fitapreta Vinho Regional Alentajano Portugal 2014

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    very nice blend, sublime, subtle and succinct across the palate and a good job of blending. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Tablas is definitely up there and their Grenache is a very good iteration of ... of ... Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo. He has another based on Monstant, with a bit more Grenache, and while not CdR, they can hold their own against any. Really nice stuff.The acidity of Priorat wines is what makes them stand up favorably against a number of S ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

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  • Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera Reserva 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Perhaps due to embarassment.  My most recent taste was a Beaujolais ... ... for your tip concerning the Tempranillo Paso Robles Bodega de Edgar.  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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  • 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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