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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  • Pradorey Reserva Cuvée Primium 2007

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    Wine review by Yzerman74


  • Winery On the Bay Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon NV

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    Great new winery in Rockport Texas. They make their wine from juice around the world so you can taste wine from everywhere. It is made on premise and they have over 30 wines. Great prices and awesome view of the water from the outdoor patio, Read More

    Wine review by Bay Winery


  • V V - I love Spanish wines.  I wish I could find this one locally.  ... that I really enjoyed this Tempranillo wine, but not much more.  My sister - shown below - had a glass of Pinot Gris I believe as she is a white wine drinke Read More

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  • Casa Santos Lima Tinto Lab 2012

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    Wonderful red blend...so pleased. Well balanced, great price point, red/black fruit all in balance and very fruit forward with enough oak to balance. A screw top too! Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Two very enjoyable evenings, OT.  We are planning to be up there, again, ... ... our minds), Primitivo, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah and Syrah.  OK, I agree, the last two are not too hard to find in California, and, clearly, Viognier is becoming more and more mainstream.Tonight we are going back to the well for the tried and true.Slowly I am wor... Read More

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  • Lopez de Haro Rioja Reserva 2005

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    Bouquet of dried fruits and tobacco, hint of spice, dry, silky smooth and lingering tannins. Very drinkable and great value. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


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  • Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Volteo Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2009

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    very nice, soft wine fruitful Read More

    Wine review by Wollw


  • Alamos Red Blend 2012

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    Oct. 2014, Polly's. Mary, said it was tasty and a bargain. I will look for another and maybe get a taste this time. Doubt it. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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