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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  • It looks like a rose but drinks more like a light red wine. Vibrant acidity, ... This is a Spanish blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Bobal and Albill Read More

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  • Dominio del Aguila Picaro Clarete 2013


    It looks like a rose but drinks more like a light red wine. Vibrant acidity, ... This is a Spanish blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Bobal and Albill Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Excellens Cuvee Especial 2011


    Another lovely one. Mint, Blackcurrant, and roasted Plum. Medium Acidity and very soft and full in the mouth with a toasted Caramel and Oak finish. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Martin Codax Rioja Ergo 2012


    A little to dry for me but well balanced. Red fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Los Enoloz Tempranillo Joven 2015


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    Wine review by Sofia Fisher

  • Cherry On Top Sweet Red 2010


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    Wine review by Frankie67

  • Porca de Murca Douro 2013


    Purpleish coloring with burgundy/red hues....looks just like fresh grape juice and has wee tiny bubbles upon pouring! Aromas of cassis, Earthy berries, soil and pith...dry overall. As this warms up, the flavors are dry, fruity, tobacco leaf, cherry, root spices and perhaps some dry premium cocoa. Creamy smooth mouthfeel and highly drinkable, ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva 2010


    Somewhat murky prune color. Berry nose. Bit of a hit of cherry on entry, ... am accustomed to for a Rioja Tempranillo. Bone dry. Medium-bodied. A reasonable experience for $6.99, but, otherwise, not memorabl Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Castillo de Perelada 5 Fincas Reserva 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • ProWein, the annual wine and spirits fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the ... ... of Tino Toro, a clone of Tempranillo. All of the fruit came from a single vineyard that is over 140 years old. Red violets and leather fill the nose. The incredibly soft, deep, and giving palate is stuffed with red cherry flavors tinged with bits of raspberry. Kir... Read More

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