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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  • Bodega Emina Ribera del Duero 2003


    I bought three bottles of this wine for £21.50 from the website ... mostly ... mostly red and based on the tempranillo grape. Bodega Emina is a large but quality conscious producer that makes premium cuvees from some old wine plots but my bottles are of the more basic regular cuvee. I started one of my bottles last night with my supper of roas... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Bodegas Valduero Ribera del Duero Crianza 2011


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    Wine review by Winelabel

  • Navarra may sound like a dusty desert town in an old Western movie but in ... ... ... Spanish red varieties of Tempranillo (about 37 per cent of the total), Garnacha (26%) and Graciano whilst the Bordeaux grape duo of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot add their classic blackcurrant and damson flavours to the juicy reds. The red varieties have a bu... Read More

    From the article Spanish Wines in the Shadows

  • Senorio de Ondarre Tempranillo Blanco Rioja 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • 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


    Meaty, chewy wine. Low acidity. Read More

    Wine review by icbang

  • Cune Reserva 2012


    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

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