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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  • Acantus VdT 2008

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    I have the 2013 version. Way better than I expected, for a bottle under $7 in price at my local grocery store wine section. Best at cellar temperature, definitely. A little austere, i.e. not too bold and fruity, and that pleases me very well. Though not as stridently so as a great Bordeaux, which are my favorite wines. Just a good wine to have o... Read More

    Wine review by chax


  • Baron de Ley Reserva 95de 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by dupes


  • Porca de Murca Douro 2013

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    A dark ruby in the glass. Blackberry and plum fruit with a touch of oak lead to very medium bodied wine without much expression. The finish is nothing much. Paul 83 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Porca de Murca Douro 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by baileyshell


  • EM - You seem to have quite an assortment of Bedrock wines in your cellar. ... ... Lar De Paula Crianza Rioja Tempranillo at $16.99 a bottle and drank one last night while watching a rerun of SNL; very tasty for the pric Read More

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  • D - he didn't really overstep IMHO. But his book has really limited appeal ... from Ribera del Duero, or Tempranillo from Cab. But many people are much more astute - you were at Brian's where Mike Smith could identify wine from specific vineyards - he new them so well he could call them out cold.It's a result of repeated exposure and paying at... Read More

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  • This book looks enticing but was looking for feedback from anyone who may have read it. Thanks Read More

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  • Bodegas Abanico Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Porca de Murca Douro 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Bodegas Alto Almanzora Red Blend Almeria Este 2008

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    Decent nose to this garnet colored wine. Chocolate, dark cherry and red berry fruits with spice notes. The round gripping tannins pull the fruit and spice to a juicy acidic aftertaste dominated by the well framed fruit. The aftertaste is medium long just like the body. The mid palate is best, picking up a sweetness to the dark cherry backdrop. I... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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