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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  • Had a small BBQ with another couple tonight - sort of a smallish celebration. ... out this:A 2009 Vina Equia tempranillo based Rioja Reserva.  Beautiful, rich and ladened with dark berry fruits, anise, spice and solid tannins accompanied with juicy acidit Read More

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  • Vina Equia Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2009

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    In a word rich. Loads of dark berry fruits, anise, earthy notes, green herbals lead to a palate that echos with additional vanilla, red currant and solid framing tannins with great acidity. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Anciano Clasico Garnacha 2015

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    Beautiful ruby red coloration and nice clarity....cranberry and plum hues in the background.....the aromas are very fruit forward and juicy, which I find so different for a Spanish Vino....yet with young spice and hot sun heat. Flavors follow suit, with generous cherry, black current and the finish lingers on the palate for a spell, bringing a ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Campos Reales Canfora Reserva Especial 2010

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    Wine review by exitalia


  • Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2011

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    Light fruit on the nose, but, also, some fungal notes. Light red fruit, maybe, plum. on the tip of the tongue. VERY sedate tannins. This one is so easy to drink--no harshness no bitterness. A (minty?) herbal suggestion on the rear palalte. Excellent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • RCKR-I have not drank much Monastrell but I would say yes, mainly because I ... I ... I have drank a lot of Tempranillo over the years.  I will keep the Hecula in mind for future purchase.&nbs Read More

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  • "Do you like Tempranillo more that Monastrell?"Yes, hands down, across the board.  ;-)BTW, I occasionally drink a $3 / 750ml btl Spanish tempranillo over here in Tokyo. Definitely OK wine once it's been given time to breathe. Bought it originally to make sangria, but now more often drink it straight. Read More

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  • MJET - Do you like Tempranillo more that Monastrell?  I think the Hecula offering is great. Read More

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  • I've posted on this Tapena Tempranillo in the Weekday Wines. This wine retails between $8-$10 dollars. At that price point it's a really good bottle of wine. I have been buying this wine in the $4-$5 range for the past year. Well balanced with red fruit, plum, nice acidity, medium body, a little tart on the short to medium finish. Just an excell... Read More

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  • Campos Reales Tempranillo Seleccion la Mancha 2015

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    Red currant, raspberry and strawberry aromas with a bit of black pepper, perfumed lilac and cinnamon spice. Structured, firm and assertive on the palate with fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry, thick tannins and a finish of smoky dark chocolate and tobacco leaf. Read More

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