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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  • Let’s just admit that, most likely, the closest thing that most American ... ... in the Cup), a Spanish Tempranillo popped up on the list, as did a bottle of Douro from Portugal. Also on the list of non-competing producers was a red from Spain’s Priorat, a quaff, she said, which would go well with a very sport-appropriate blue cheeseburger.  ... Read More

    From the article What to drink during the Rugby World Cup? The Guardian's got the answer.

  • Yes, that Chardonnay wins on both accounts, but the Tempranillo almost came out on top with the shadowing of the spider.  I'm becoming more fond of labels that are inked right on the bottle.  I think it brings the suggested quality of the wine up a notch.  If I ever open 'Big Al's Winery', you can be sure I'll be looking for anything that garner... Read More

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  • OK, I haven't posted here in a while.  B-I-L took another fishing trip ... trip ... one is a blend of Tempranillo, Grenache and Ruby Cabernet.Very pretty garnet color in the glass.  On the tongue there is a light hit of red berry fruit, but the big impression is "earthiness."  This along with a slight hit of bitterness on the back of the palat... Read More

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  • Tres Valles Kuwal Baja California 2012


    Clear garnet color. Astringent nose with some red berry fruit aroma. On the tongue, light on the red fruit flavor, and very earthy. Very rustic feeling. Slight bitterness on the back of the palate adds to the rustic characterization. Not a sophisticated or complex wine at all, but, all in all, seems like a good match with hamburgers. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • El Meson Reserva 2000


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Well, my last volunteer wine pouring at the Wine in the Water Park event for ... ... last night, including a Tempranillo from Portugal and a Chianti from Tuscany, Italy.  One lady gave me a $2 tip and another lady gave me $1.  These were my first tips at this event and totally unexpected.  Personally I think they were hitting on me and of cou... Read More

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  • Bodegas Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja Doca 2001


    Bodegas Faustino makes a wonderful Grand Reserve Rioja for the price. This ... leather; on the palate the Tempranillo comes through in spades with rich cherry and cedar planking. The finish is quite long with some spicy tannins. A fine wine for the price. Will keep some years yet. 90 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • This morning we were awake at 0445 to get up extra early for a special occasion ...  I ordered a bottle of Tempranillo (2007 Allende @ $69 in the restaurant) and Sandra ordered up the tapas dishes.  Quite a nice lunch and boy were we glad to sit down for a while.  The roasted calliflower with olives and dates was quite nice, and so were the mar... Read More

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  • Unless you bought them with aging potential in mind, a fair few of your 2013 ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo which haven’t passed my lips often in recent months are what I’m starting to crave with my meals.  I just tasted a lovely Organic Merlot from France which is Non-GMO Project verified. It’s available at Whole Foods among othe... Read More

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  • The Saint Rioja Reserva 2008


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    Wine review by menardge

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