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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  • Vizcarra Ribera del Duero Senda del Oro 2013


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... Riesling, ... ... Riesling, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo are gaining in wine production all over the Golden State. Vintners are also increasingly blending new combinations of popular and less-familiar varietals.      “Because of the cultural diversity of California’s growers and vi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...

  • Ask and ye shall be answered, JD. From Univ. of Adelaide:The world’s 10 ... Sauvignon2. Merlot3. Airen4. Tempranillo5. Chardonnay6. Syrah7. Garnacha tinta8. Sauvignon blanc9. Trebbiano Toscano10. Pinot noir The university's database is available online at: www.adelaide.edu.au/wine-econ/databases/winegrapes and an e-book can be freely downloade... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...

  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...

  • As the chilly season draws to a close our thoughts drift toward picnics in the ... ... the perfect time for Tempranillo! But there’s a catch: you can’t drink just any old Tempranillo.D.O. Ribera del Duero allows Tempranillo to express its very best self with luscious tannins, dark fruit and rich plum characteristics. The Spanish wine region w... Read More

    From the article The World's Most Powerful Tempranillo is from Ribera del Duero

  • Bodegas Valdemar Rioja Inspiracion Seleccion 2010


    Black fruit nose. Blackberry fruit on entry. Some mineral suggestion mid- to rear-palate. A fairly viscous mouthfeel. Noticeable, but very tame tanning. Very subtle acid. A very easy to drink wine that presents no challenge. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Good timing, Emark, as I will be getting a half case of Ed Sbragia's ... grape than Tempranillo--more structure, acid, tannin, as well as durable and complex flavors--but is less favored because it crops poorly and is susceptible to various rots and diseases.  So only a little is grown, and no one buys it as a varietal wine... except that I've ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Last night was supposed to be a nice 'wine dinner' with some friends ... where they had served a nice Tempranillo wine with the meal.  Well, we got a message Friday morning that Jill was ill, so the dinner was canceled - after I spent 2 days cleaning the house and we had bought the groceries and desserts.  Grrrrr.I'll use the desserts later to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Tonight it's a Berserker Day wine from my friend Nola Palomar. This 2010 ... of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Tempranillo.The aromatics on this wine don't stop. Raspberry, violets and tobacco are abundant along with sweet ripe berry aromas. Palate is ripe but dry with some green pepper and spice while the finish long and tannic. Needs a couple years... Read More

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  • La Cuna de la Poesia Rioja


    Very nice, great value medium bodied Rioja reserva with tastes of leather and tobacco followed by a smooth oaky finish. Read More

    Wine review by K276HB

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