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 Borsao Borsao Garnacha 2015


    It's like teddy bear - big, soft and lightweight! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • That was a nice bottle.  By sharing the bottle I mean we bought it and ... ... and they bought a $40 Tempranillo while we tried another $100+ wine.  Some people don't appreciate higher end wines and that's ok I suppose.  Anyway, we are home now (returned to Virginia on 25 Sept 2017) and today we had a nice lunch at Seasons 52 while having San... Read More

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  • Campillo Finca Cuesta Clara Reserva Raro Rioja 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Mia Red 2015


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    Wine review by evabjork

  • Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2011


    Very bright fruity nose. On the tongue there certainly is bright fruit but, wow, is it ever tart. There is some herbaciousness, but again, the, pretty much in your face, characteristic seems to be lemon pith. If this was a light-bodied white wine I would say refreshing. In a full-bodied red, though, I am just perplexed. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Bodegas Volver la Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2013


    This is truely a big wine. Lots of near jammy fruit, low acidity and some big ... the balanced wine I bought a tempranillo fo Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • I went to a local (Ohio) tasting this summer and I discovered a winery locally ... locally ... Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo before and that was another one that it was not the tannins or boldness/spicy that bothered me it was that it tasted like a citronella candle to all three of us that tried to drink it. I get that same flavor from allot of... Read More

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  • Zinfandel for some reason reminds me of porta-potty deodorizer. I think if I never smelled a porta-potty I would like it though! I can always taste Zinfandel in blended Italian table wines and it turns me off, although there are a few brands I like that do have a little Zinf but mainly Merlot.It has a rose or flower scent and taste to it that ju... Read More

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  • Bodegas Felix Callejo Ribera del Duero Gran Reserva 2006


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Vida Nova 2004


    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from the website ... grapes,aragonez [as tempranillo is called in Portugal] and trincaderia plus syrah although I do not know in what proportions and the wine spent 6 months in oak barrels..l started my bottle last night with my supper of baked turkey drumstick.There is plenty of a fresh blackcurrant and blac... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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