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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  • DM - They are hard-core Christians.  They spend most of Sunday in church ... a glass of Rioja Reserva (Tempranillo) for me and Sandra had a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa (Freemark Abbey).  Her wine was exceptional and just the sort of cab we love from Nap Read More

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  • Leza Garcia Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Bodegas Y Vinedos Pintia 2011

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    Wine review by cluvino


  • Beronia Rioja Reserva 2011

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    Vanilla cream and strawberry preserves on the nose with a chocolate mousse note and violets. A bit drier on the palate with dark chocolate and black currant notes, strong and firm flavors with medium tannin and a smoky earthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • This afternoon we enjoyed a performance at the Phillips Museum in the district ... the game.I selected a nice Tempranillo wine from the Ebro River region.  It was about $70 and after about 15 minutes in the decanter it definitely improved - and yes, it was nice to begin with.  Several dishes were consumed, including the gin & tonic oysters on ... Read More

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  • Baron de Ley Reserva 95de 2010

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    fairly balanced between fruits and oak, and there is thathint of honey and toffee Read More

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  • Campo Viejo 'Rioja' Tempranillo 2014

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    Entry level wine. OK for an introduction to rioja but not something I would search for. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Mindiarte Tempranillo Rioja 2012

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    Way too dry for tempranillo. Price was nice, but there are better wines on the market for this price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • I don't turn Sangria into party punch with the soda water and ginger ale ... ale ... some rather decent tempranillo, depending on the shipment, that goes for $3 or $4/750 bottle in Tokyo which I've used, too.  For that matter box wines have also served the purpose...  ; Read More

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  • Favourite Daughter has set a Spanish theme for her 21stDoes anyone have a view of the perfect Sangria recipe Read More

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