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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  • Vina Zaco Rioja 2011

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    This was a disappointment in comparison to the '08. Could be that it sat to longer. The fresh berry notes were muted and the wine seemed out of balance. There was an uncharacteristic burn at the end also. Good, but nothing to write home about - Paul 83 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Vina Zaco Rioja 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Viña Cumbrero Crianza 2010

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    At first I was a little disappointed but as the wine opened the cherry, spice and honeyed notes started to rise up and with a little swirling it got going at the it developed into the Top 100 WS wine that it should. The honey note was particularly satisfying at the end - drink or hold. Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Viña Cumbrero Crianza 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • DV/LV-Nice Washington Cab! We had a different 2007 last weekend and it was ... ... 3.99 wine is a 2012 Tapena Tempranillo. Best value buy ever for me. Great for my non-wine loving friends and family not to mention parties.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Bodegas Aragonesas Castillo de Fuendejalon Crianza Campo de Borja 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Just not a good selection of imports in these parts and for good ... the little bit of tempranillo from here ditto, almost all the whites, too.  Then there's all that awesome Italian wine for $15-20, whites and reds, and I find those on my table more and more midweek.I've been thinking of planning things out more so that I don't miss out on win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Coto de Imaz Rioja Riserva 2010

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    Lovely dark purple color. Weedy, earthy nose. Nice subtle (i.e., very light) fruitraspberry, plumon entry. Quite smoothno tannin to speak of. Moderate acidat least enough to keep it interesting. Clearly, not the most complex wine youll ever have, but, gosh, this is SO EASY to drink. Im noshing on some pieces of Manchengo cheese right now,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Don’t let anyone fool you: Perfect wine pairings do exist, but you must ... Ribera reds made from the Tempranillo grape. Rueda whites put a swing in your step with unmatched acidity and mineral tones. Ribera reds embolden courses with their luscious tannins, smoky richness, and damson fruit flavors. These wines will enhance the perception of y... Read More

    From the article The Best Ribera and Rueda Wine Pairings in the World


  • Venta Morales Tempranillo Made With Organic Grapes 2010

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    Still really, really good. I remember when I ordered this and others drank it early. Plenty of dark cherries, herbal notes and both blue and blackberry nuances. Mellow tannic profile joins good acidity to a slightly sweetened aftertaste. Laying this down worked. Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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