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 95de 2010

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    fairly balanced between fruits and oak, and there is thathint of honey and toffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • It's what the people want to hear.  Trump was told to tone it down and ... a second bottle - this 2007 Tempranillo was lovely with the pasta and sausage that Sandra made.  I only have two of these bottles left out of my original six-bottle order.  Sa Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Pairing with 08 Nov 2016...


  • Campo Viejo 'Rioja' Tempranillo 2014

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    Entry level wine. OK for an introduction to rioja but not something I would search for. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Mindiarte Tempranillo Rioja 2012

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    Way too dry for tempranillo. Price was nice, but there are better wines on the market for this price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • I don't turn Sangria into party punch with the soda water and ginger ale ... ale ... some rather decent tempranillo, depending on the shipment, that goes for $3 or $4/750 bottle in Tokyo which I've used, too.  For that matter box wines have also served the purpose...  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sangria


  • Favourite Daughter has set a Spanish theme for her 21stDoes anyone have a view of the perfect Sangria recipe Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sangria


  • Marqués de Caranó Gran Selección 2015

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    indeed a young wine, with a rich fruity nose, and abundance of grapes and berry flavors Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Carlos Serres Rioja Old Vines Tempranillo 2015

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    Soft blackberry and cherry aromas with light flowers and a touch of black pepper on the nose. Light fruit notes of cranberry and cherry with a concentrated tar and spicy earth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Diodoro Autor Ribera del Duero Bodegas Pascual 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • True to my word (in another thread), here is the non-tempranillo from Rioja. I don't normally post pictures of the back label, but this one is a bit interesting. Acccording to Wikepedia, Mazuelo is more than similar to Carignane.  It is Carignane.  Interesting.I think this one is much easier to drink than most California versions that I have tri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


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