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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  • Juan Gil Tridente Tempranillo 2013

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    This review from Drinkhacker.com pretty much is a perfect match for my experience - '...100% Tempranillo from western Spain, near the Portuguese border. A dark and dense wine, it features leathery and peppery notes atop a darkly fruity, almost raisiny core. Heavy tannin and dusty coal notes pervade. B+.' A little young still, but nevertheless, ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • This one is from a Costco run.  To me, the blend is hilarious:  40% ... is the Portuguese name for Tempranillo.  (Dare I guess that it translates to something like "grape from Aragon?")  It looks like Alicante Bouschet was hybridized in France in the mid 1800s, but, these days, less and less of that is grown there. However, apparently, it is w... Read More

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  • J. Dusi Wines Neveridle Vineyard Sly 2013

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • J. Dusi Wines Tres Cojones Vineyard 'Endless Crush' 2013

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... offers estate garnacha and tempranillo. Benessere crafts Italian varietal wines such as aglianico, moscato di canelli, pinot grigio, sagrantino, and sangiovese. Coquerel Wines makes verdelho, tempranillo, and late-harvest sauvignon blanc. I haven’t scratched the... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Very nice Spanish red. Was given as a gift will have to see about buying more for another taste. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Columbia Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Walla Walla Valley: a triumvirate of ... Cellars 2013 Tempranillo ($28)This Tempranillo was made from fruit sourced at Sugarloaf vineyard in the Yakima Valley. Red cherry aromas and bits of cigar box are apparent on the nose. The palate is stuffed with lush red fruits, savory herbs and hints of leather. A co... Read More

    From the article Washington & Oregon Wines Tread the Line


  • Rex Goliath Merlot Monterey County Free Range 2010

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    SHOCKING !! Had this last night - house wine in The Office restaurant, Ridgewood ,NJ . One of best Merlots in a long time- had no idea how inexpensive it was. SHOCKING ! You have to taste it to believe it- won't be buying any other merlots for quite a while- try it and be prepared to be shocked Read More

    Wine review by Orange84


  • Sunday, August 7, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sit Down Tasting with a ... wines and learn about the tempranillo grape, one of the world's greatest expressions of red wine.We are "taking over" the Pierre Loti Union Square wine bar for this sit-down event. Cheese will be served to go with the wines. And our resident wine expert, Robin Kelley O'Conno... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rioja in the 21st Century. 10...


  • Torres Celeste Crianza Ribera del Duero 2011

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    Better now that it sat for a few months. The fruit is lovely and enticing - mostly lush red berry with dark cherry nuances, deep seated wood, forest floor, herbal notes and mocha. Deep filling aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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