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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  • Marqués de Riscal Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2005


    Enjoyed two bottles with group of 5. With charcoal broiled rib eyes. Has improved since last taste 2012. Soft, integrated, lovely balance. Autumn leaves. No rough edges. At its apogee but will stay fine with proper storage. These bottles are why we love reds able to age gracefully. Read More

    Wine review by chapspot

  • Bodegas Palacios Herencia Remondo la Montessa Crianza 2011


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    Wine review by puhnner

  • NICE!   I love Pierce Ranch, and if anyone is local, go ck out their ... varietals.   Their Tempranillo is great as well, but I gotta watch the reds with migraines :-(  Their Albarino is my fav Albarino I've tasted so far. I have been frequenting Pierce Ranch for ~4yrs now.   This is the 2013, which I think was their best showing... perfect ac... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Protocolo Tinto Dominio de Eguren 2012


    The wine is a nice bright ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is classic tempranillo, with aromas of ripe berries, plum and leather and just a hint of mint. The taste is not as laden with jammy fruit as the nose would suggest, instead the fruit was subdued and quickly transitioned to some notes of iron and toasted oak midpalate... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012


    The wine is a deep brooding, inky color that's so classic of a great Napa Cabernet. The nose is a lovely combination of leather, cassis, baking spice and just a hint of mint. The taste is just classic, a rush of ripe black fruit, blackberry, plum and a bit of coriander that transition effortlessly to some spice notes of vanilla bean and anise ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Castillo Catadau Gran Reserva 2008


    Another Naked Wines one...Red Ruby with a bit of Brown translucent in the ... ... 'not Angel', just as many Tempranillos can be. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Rioja Crianza. Ramon Bilbao 2011


    love this: soft tannins, black cherries/berries, light oak Read More

    Wine review by noaer

  • Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2004


    Tasted with my other half. We were both blown away by the nose of this wine - namely, the notes of COCOA!! along with some ground coffee, leather, and chestnut. More of the same on the palate, with restrained oak and dried fruit/date. Long length and balanced acidity. We both liked this one, and have never really smelled anything else quite like... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Vina Ijalba Rioja Livor Tempranillo 2012


    This seemed like an unusual rioja to me. It is pretty sweet and heavy, with some complexity. Fruit syrup, a dash of yeast, a little citrus. Good. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • Booker Vineyard Tempranillo Paso Robles 2013


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

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