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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  • Milcampos Tempranillo Vinas Viejas 2010


    This is a very fine Ribera del Duero wine for the price. Although a bit slow to open - even after aeration and decanting - the nose does reveal bright raspberry and dipped cigar. On the palate, there is a smooth yet slightly tannic, entry with less raspberry and more cherry - even blueberry poking through. The wine has a lengthy, pucker-like f... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • La Rioja Alta Tempranillo Blend Rioja Viña Arana Reserva 2004


    Excellent wine Read More

    Wine review by K276HB

  • Hacienda López de Haro Reserva Rioja 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Ciconia Reserva 2011


    Light wine to be enjoyed alone or with a fish stew. It is a blenf of touriga nacional, aragonez & trincadeira. at under $10 this is an awesome value that will make you want to learn more about Portugal and their grape varietals. Reflects complexity, soft tannins and character to be enjoyed alone or in a pairing Read More

    Wine review by dmele

  • My wife Sandra is off on a business trip to Denver this week, so I have a free ... ... what better time for an Tempranillo?  Here is a 2011 Venta Mazzaron that is decent in my opinion.  It's a bit tanic still so a few more years might mellow that tartness on the tongue.  I would drink it again thoug Read More

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  • L A Cetto makes some very nice wine, including a really good nebbiolo.  ... Paco & Lucia garnacha/tempranillo last night.  We ate Moroccon stew with cous cous, so it hit the spot pretty well.  I'm saving my SS wine for Saturday or Sunday, assuming I'm not besotted by my likely visit to DCV.&nbs Read More

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  • How on earth does someone find a Barolo that actually has some age on it, ... ... up a Paco and Lucia Grenache/Tempranillo.  Truthfully, that syrah from Woodinville deserves something more than a weekday meal.  So watch this space. &nbs Read More

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  • OK folks. Just got in. We had the first rain in a year and of course it snagged ... ... a bottle of a domestic Tempranillo I was anxious to try, checked into Snooth and realized I'm late. But it's only 9:30!. Thought I'd have it with my wife, who is now stuck in Dallas overnight due to plane delays.Hmm. . . two CdPs exchanged . . .Anyhow, than... Read More

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  • Saucelito Canyon Tempranillo Arroyo Grande Valley 2008


    A subtle boldness fills the palate, cocoa flavors, earthiness, and perfect accompaniment for all of our Thanksgiving meal in Minnesota. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Rivarey Tempranillo 2011


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

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