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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  • Justin Vineyards & Winery Tempranillo Paso Robles 2006

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    Very focused on the nose with wood spice, light tobacco smoke and jammy black sour and sweet fruits with roast meats, roast herbs, candied lemon peel, sweet backing spice/Chinese 5 spice, turmeric, and green olive A bit meaty and sweaty. Huge and soft at first though the acidity shows up on the mid-palate with very polished tannins giving this a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2004

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    Hot rocks, candied licorice and smoky tobacco dominate the upright and focused nose that gains a touch of funk with notes of wet sneakers, fur, flowers, a minor matchstick tone, and cocoa, toast, caramel oak notes. In the mouth this is very smooth and easy with the richness to back it up. There is good balancing acid and nice, crisp tannins that... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • St Amant Winery 'The Road Less Travelled' Tempranillo Amador 2006

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    This smells very new worldy with lots of anonymous sweet fruit, fruit leather, wood spice and perhaps a touch tar and anise. Big, round and slightly chewy on entry with blackberry and black plum that has an interesting bitter cherry component with citrus zest and herb background notes. Decent structure, but this is a touch hot and the dark fruit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tempranillo 2004

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    Lightly smoky and funky on the nose with subtle tones of leather and moist earth over a core of damp coffee grinds and licorice. The easy entry is followed up by a bright, exuberant feeling midpalate with low intensity flavors of perfectly ripe red raspberries framed with citrussy acidity and embedded notes of pipe tobacco, leather, and very sof... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodegas Valdemar 2004

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    This opens with a big fruity nose touched with a bit of chalky soil, white pepper and milky oak but air turned this into a box of woody pencils. Big acids that are definitely a little orange juicy wash away an initial blast of soft and creamy fruit. The wood is a bit too raw as are the copious wood tannins that overwhelm the simple core of red c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castoro Cellars Tempranillo Paso Robles Reserve 2006

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    A woody nose with some ham tones to the caramel/vanilla core that smells heavy with notes of bruised peaches and big, anonymous fruit. A bit of RS on entry is balanced by the assertive acids and is followed by surprisingly herbal and citrus tones on the palate. Its ultimately light bodied and pretty sweet with peachy fruit turning more cherry co... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rioja Vega Young Tempranillo DOC 2007

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    Light and gentle on the floral spiced nose with a noticeable edge of ace bandage and a hint of game to the candied raspberry fruit. Bright, easy and fresh in the mouth, though a bit loose across the palate, with simple candied raspberry fruit. Refreshing and simple with a long, fruity finish with just a hint of spice 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Garsa Tempranillo Calaveras County 2006

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    A touch of VA at first is followed by an earthy, balsamic, slight ... A very ... ... A very strong California Tempranillo. 90pt Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castoro Cellars Tempranillo Paso Robles Reserve 2006

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    Vegetal hints over cherry the wine is sweet flavored with earth and spice over strawberry, tannins and acidity a bit soft, at $20 I'll pass. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Vinos de la Tribu Toro Auroch 2006

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    Tons of very sweet dark black raspberry fruit thats a touch hot with some backing spice with soil and shale mineral top notes and a touch t of sage/herb. Front loaded with plenty of ripe but not overripe fruit, but still a bit clumsy with bold, dark fruit and a touch of bitter cherry adding freshness, Good acid cut, actually quite acidic and ref... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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