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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  • Total Wine has the 2009 release for about $37;  our store doesn't ... ... you find another 2006 Tempranillo to compare with, in a horizontal fashion? &nbs Read More

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  • Casado Morales Gran Reserva 2006

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    Very nice wine and one very good QPR. Lite hit of cherry on introduction. Then its all wine, all the time. Tannin and acid are apparent, but relatively sedate. I doubt there will be much left of this bottle in a few hours. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Time for some horizontal tasting.  This topic is specifically to address commonalities and differences between the same grape varietal (or blend) and same year of bottling, but at different wineries or different vineyards of the same winery.  Take a picture of your two or more bottle comparisons and tell us which is better.  If you can, provide ... Read More

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  • Bodegas Borsao Borsao Garnacha 2015

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    It's like teddy bear - big, soft and lightweight! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • That was a nice bottle.  By sharing the bottle I mean we bought it and ... ... and they bought a $40 Tempranillo while we tried another $100+ wine.  Some people don't appreciate higher end wines and that's ok I suppose.  Anyway, we are home now (returned to Virginia on 25 Sept 2017) and today we had a nice lunch at Seasons 52 while having San... Read More

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  • Campillo Finca Cuesta Clara Reserva Raro Rioja 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Mia Red 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by evabjork


  • Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2011

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    Very bright fruity nose. On the tongue there certainly is bright fruit but, wow, is it ever tart. There is some herbaciousness, but again, the, pretty much in your face, characteristic seems to be lemon pith. If this was a light-bodied white wine I would say refreshing. In a full-bodied red, though, I am just perplexed. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bodegas Volver la Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2013

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    This is truely a big wine. Lots of near jammy fruit, low acidity and some big ... the balanced wine I bought a tempranillo fo Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I went to a local (Ohio) tasting this summer and I discovered a winery locally ... locally ... Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo before and that was another one that it was not the tannins or boldness/spicy that bothered me it was that it tasted like a citronella candle to all three of us that tried to drink it. I get that same flavor from allot of... 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

    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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