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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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... price of ... price of $14, and an Uphill Tempranillo.  I had some question about whether they were switched at the bar, since the alleged Mourvedre tasted more like a crianza Tempranillo--bright and young, and far less herby and raspy--but both were very good with the meal.  Nearly a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101

  • Once thought as the campy plonk to accompany a cultural and literal cloud of ... ... featuring varietals like tempranillo, albillo, garnacha and other grapes. Leiber also spoke with John Wurdeman, co-owner of the country of Georgia's Pheasant’s Tears winery. “Natural wine was considered hippie juice 15 years ago,” Wurdeman acknowledged.  Times... Read More

    From the article Hippies No More: Natural Wine Movement Gaining Momentum

  • Bodegas Numanthia Termes Termes Spain 2011


    Another one from Perry's. Dense and smoky with loads of black fruit, smoke, cedar and oak. Long long finish of cedar and spice.chocolate and espresso.Soft and well balanced. by the glass at the wholesale bottle price of $18 Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Bodega Rejadorada Toro Novellum Crianza 2007


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  • Bodega del Saz Buyante Spumatto Rose NV


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  • This past week industry publication Wine Intelligence explored recent studies ... as Carmenere, Pinotage and Tempranillo are significantly more recognised and popular with this younger demographic than with wine drinkers as a whole.”With these things in mind, Hickey said, the future of wine market is a fascinating one. “From a wine industry pe... Read More

    From the article More Millennial: Wine Intelligence Discusses New Generation

  • Interesting bottle there Mark. I see it says Crianza on the bottle which I ... ... ... yet there isn't any Tempranillo in there. May just be alluding to the aging regimen required in Spain for that classification, and yes, cherry Kool-aid does not sound appetizing in a wineI found another interesting Macedonian red made from Vranec and Plavec... Read More

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  • Bodegas Mauro Vino de Mesa de Castilla Y León Mauro 2003


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  • Vinas del Cenit Villano Tempranillo 2012


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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009


    Another one from a lunch at Marcello's. Big, burly, and just wonderful. Very full, dense, round, and smooth. Great complexity of black fruit, smoke, herb,earth, and soft aged oak.Finish goes on and on. Exceptionally priced for this quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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