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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  • Campos Reales Canfora Reserva Especial 2010

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    Wine review by exitalia


  • Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2011

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    Light fruit on the nose, but, also, some fungal notes. Light red fruit, maybe, plum. on the tip of the tongue. VERY sedate tannins. This one is so easy to drink--no harshness no bitterness. A (minty?) herbal suggestion on the rear palalte. Excellent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • RCKR-I have not drank much Monastrell but I would say yes, mainly because I ... I ... I have drank a lot of Tempranillo over the years.  I will keep the Hecula in mind for future purchase.&nbs Read More

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  • "Do you like Tempranillo more that Monastrell?"Yes, hands down, across the board.  ;-)BTW, I occasionally drink a $3 / 750ml btl Spanish tempranillo over here in Tokyo. Definitely OK wine once it's been given time to breathe. Bought it originally to make sangria, but now more often drink it straight. Read More

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  • MJET - Do you like Tempranillo more that Monastrell?  I think the Hecula offering is great. Read More

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  • I've posted on this Tapena Tempranillo in the Weekday Wines. This wine retails between $8-$10 dollars. At that price point it's a really good bottle of wine. I have been buying this wine in the $4-$5 range for the past year. Well balanced with red fruit, plum, nice acidity, medium body, a little tart on the short to medium finish. Just an excell... Read More

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  • Campos Reales Tempranillo Seleccion la Mancha 2015

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    Red currant, raspberry and strawberry aromas with a bit of black pepper, perfumed lilac and cinnamon spice. Structured, firm and assertive on the palate with fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry, thick tannins and a finish of smoky dark chocolate and tobacco leaf. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Campos Reales Canfora Reserva Especial 2010

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    Thick and richly concentrated aromas of dark blackberry fruit and black currant preserves. Dusty, dry and austere in the mouth, this relies on structure and texture to tell its story, with fruit playing a support role but having a solo of ripe black currant and black cherry on the mid palate before yielding to brambly earth, espresso and a long ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial Release 2008

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    Wine review by Canaves


  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.When you find a nice wine tha... Read More

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