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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  • Bodegas Olarra Anares Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Wine review by effell


  • You already know and adore Emilio Moro. This winery is the jewel of Ribera del ... Fino (a grape also known as Tempranillo). Since they began farming grapes the Moro family has used a specific Tinto Fino clone unrivaled in its specialness. The fruit clusters are small and loose which creates focused, concentrated and balanced flavors. This is ... Read More

    From the article The Future of Emilio Moro


  • Castillo de Feliciana Tempranillo Wahluke Slope NV

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    Meaty, chewy wine. Low acidity. Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • Cune Reserva 2012

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    Decidedly modern when first opened with dark fruits, moderate acidity and very light tannins. On the second day the fruit had tamed a little and more acid showed but still no tannin. Very good but not your fathers Rioja. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Majuelos de Callejo Ribera del Duero 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... Reserva Tondonia 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano, aged 9 years in barrel and 9 years in bottle. Sweet, pretty aromas of balsamic, raspberries, coriander and crunchy leaves. Complex and well-structured on the palate with bright red cher... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Happy B-day (late) Rob, looks like you celebrated appropriately.We're now ... now ... Gran Reserva, 100% tempranillo, not bad for around £ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Palestra Douro 2013

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    Smooth and easy to drink; this show plum, blackberry, smoke and oak, with mild tannins and good acidity. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Palestra Douro 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • As the world’s winemakers look to single vineyard wines to mark them out ... varieties with traditional Tempranillo. Finca Moncloa ($20) is an attractive blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo.    From Jerez we drove east across the mountains to Ronda, the incredible white walled town that straddles its famous deep rock gor... Read More

    From the article Spanish Wines Get Specific


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