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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  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Castilla-la Mancha

      Castilla la Mancha is a region located in the central Iberian plateau that up until recent...

  • Castilla y León

    This region is located north-northwest of Madrid. Its terrain is a combination of flat, open pl...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Ribera Del Duero

    This region is located within Castilla y Leon and runs along the Duero River. The area concentr...

  • Aragón

      This region, rich in history, was once the home of celebrated 16th century royals Ferdinan...

  • Catalunya

      Catalunya (Catalonia in Spanish) is located in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula and...

  • Rioja

    The Rioja region of Spain produces one of the world’s finest, and most long lived wines: Rioja. R...

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    Finca El Origen began in the 1990s, when Chile’s Carolina Wine Brands decided to expand its v...

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    We Are Family Durigutti, growers and wine makers. A family with tradition of European culture t...

  • San Huberto

    Devoted to maintain its leadership in the category of the great wines and thus keep an internatio...

  • Gouguenheim Winery

    Seventy kilometers away from the city of Mendoza, at the Andes foothills, lays one of the best ke...

  • Bodega Familia Schroeder

    One of the winery's main distinctive feature is its location on the hillside of a plateau, allowi...

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    A joint venture between Terrazas de los Andes and the legendary Château Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux....

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Tempranillo on Snooth

  • Marques de Murrieta went the way of royalty to kick off their new ... wine is ... wine is a mix of 89 percent tempranillo and 11 percent Mazuelo. Marques' Rioja is aged 30 months in 225-liter American oak barrels and an additional 36 months in the bottle. The wine goes well with red meat, game and cured meats and cheese.  Photo Credit: Marques... Read More

    From the article Long Live The King: Spanish King Inaugurates Tasting Rooms


  • A Frenchman and an Italian walk into a wine bar, and, in this case, they order ... fresh fruit aromas of the Tempranillo variety, with spicy hints.” R&G says the wine boasts a velvety structure and a long finish. The Rioja is aged 10 months in American oak. The French-Italian duo's final offering is a white wine from Rueda. The grapes for the ... Read More

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  • Today Sandra took a vacation day with the intent of getting us to visit the ... Spanish blend of Syrah and Tempranillo grapes which paired well with Sandra's steak and my prime rib.  By the time we walked back to The Kennedy Center for the symphony, we had walked about 8 miles.  It was a lovely performance and I am very impressed with Yuja Wan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Sierra Cantabria Rioja Reserva Unica 2009

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  • Emark, if you want to see an Italian Lagrein, drive over to Orange.  WineX ... to grow and lost ground to Tempranillo, which isn't a bad grape, either.  This was tarter than the Graciano from Rioja, kind of pie cherry-ish.  I don't know everything about the regimen of this wine, but it might be fun to let it lie down for a few years and see wha... Read More

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  • Pradorey Reserva Cuvée Primium 2007

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    Great taste! Read More

    Wine review by Yzerman74


  • Winery On the Bay Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon NV

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    Great new winery in Rockport Texas. They make their wine from juice around the world so you can taste wine from everywhere. It is made on premise and they have over 30 wines. Great prices and awesome view of the water from the outdoor patio, Read More

    Wine review by Bay Winery


  • V V - I love Spanish wines.  I wish I could find this one locally.  ... that I really enjoyed this Tempranillo wine, but not much more.  My sister - shown below - had a glass of Pinot Gris I believe as she is a white wine drinke Read More

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  • Casa Santos Lima Tinto Lab 2012

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    Wonderful red blend...so pleased. Well balanced, great price point, red/black fruit all in balance and very fruit forward with enough oak to balance. A screw top too! Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Two very enjoyable evenings, OT.  We are planning to be up there, again, ... ... our minds), Primitivo, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah and Syrah.  OK, I agree, the last two are not too hard to find in California, and, clearly, Viognier is becoming more and more mainstream.Tonight we are going back to the well for the tried and true.Slowly I am wor... Read More

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