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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  • Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Gift from Jessica. 10/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Bodegas Lan Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Gift from Jessica, 10/2016. Not as good as I had hoped. Duty free come on? Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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

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    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

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    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

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Jen Pfeiffer Rebel Tempranillo 2015

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    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

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

    Wine review by connie7899


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