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 Equia Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2009


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    Wine review by eaglebass

  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For ... ... offering is entirely Tempranillo. All of the fruit is from the D.O. Pago de Arínzano. This is an intentional rosé and the fruit was grown, harvested and fermented specifically for this wine. The color is a striking light salmon. Red fruit aromas mark the no... Read More

    From the article Value Wines for Summer

  • Anciano Reserva Valdepenas 7 Year 2007


    This is a burgundy/tawny color, with coppery tones around the edge. The aroma is delightful.....initial smells of cocoa, leather, baking spice (vanilla, cinnamon is most noted), oak and fresh berry fruits. The flavors follow suit, and after a few mins of chilling, they really come out upon re-warmth.....cherry vanilla, muted cinnamon, oaked to... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Rioja in the 21st Century. 11 Top Wines from Spain A Sit Down Tasting with ... 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... Read More

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  • We were back at the Crystal City Water Park last night for the final Friday ... tapas with a glass of nice Tempranillo wine.  It was warm but not quite as humid as it's been earlier in the week and there was no rain to worry abou Read More

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  • Juan Gil Tridente Tempranillo 2013


    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

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