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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  • Sonsierra Joven Rioja 2006


    Acentone on the nose, doesnt bode well, but for a wine this cheap its fairly drinkable - simple, fruity, light and easy drinking. There's some earth on the finish, and while its a little hot, licoricey, and tart its ok. Again, fine for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • On the weekend I made a little trip to visit the wineries in the state of ... ... and just started to plant Tempranillo, of which they don´t offer any wines yet. Their 2004 Malbec-Cabernet called Orlandi is pretty good; they also make some very good sparkling wine, which they produce using the "Methode champenoise". The winery is owned by an I... Read More

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  • Viña Villabuena Rioja Viña Izadi Expresión 2000


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    Wine review by sveinove

  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004


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    Wine review by nihaar

  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2002


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    Wine review by nihaar

  • Otra Vida Tempranillo Mendoza 2007


    Tempranillo in Mendoza; it justs works. In fact, better than ever. See? Technological upgrades DO NOT necessarily have to come with, how should we say, le spoof? I love the varietal expression that comes with this one, so you can count on elegance, balance and that overall lack of creepy oak-fruit "meant to please foreigners" aspect that kee... Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • Balcon de la Villa Tinta de Toro 2006


    A very solid, decent (and inexpensive) intro. to Toro for the interested newbie. Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • Gladium Tempranillo 2006


    It's a nice fruity uncomplicated wine. For the price it's a great every day wine. Read More

    Wine review by johnpinker

  • Bodegas Berberana Rioja Reserva 2004


    Not bad. Very faint sweetness gives way ever so quickly to a peppery spice which lingers long before a warm almost buttery taste finishes it off. Its not one I will be buying again but its fair for what it is. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Pago de Los Capellanes Tinto Joven 2006


    Medium bodied red with cherry, strawberry and cola flavors on palate. Light oak and light in style. Well balanced. I loved this wine and its price and can't wait to buy some more! Read More

    Wine review by rhonegal63

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