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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  • Montecillo Gran Riserva 2001


    Nicely aged but with a solid core of dark red fruit. Very elegant. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Montecil Rioja Reserve 2003


    Nice simple Rioja. Medium body. Smooth and fruity, slightly dry. Nice blend of raspberry,cherry,and licorice somewhat masked with oak on the finish. Solid wine that is a great bargan if you can get deep deal at $6.99. Read More

    Wine review by minerwine

  • Baron de Magaña Crianza 2004


    The 2004 Baron De Magana is a red wine from northern Spain that is a blend of ... cabernet sauvignon and 20% tempranillo. It has a dark sherry red color with aromas of flowers and roasted coffee beans according to the vintner. I also picked up some smokey toast and currants. My first tastes were cherrys and blackberries, followed up with some ... Read More

    Wine review by CTwine

  • Castillo D Clavijo Rioja Crianza 2004


    Nice light to medium body. Good fruit with hints of vanilla. Not long on finish but pleasant overall. Read More

    Wine review by Dauth

  • Rincon de Navas Crianza Rioja Spain 2005


    Warm, smooth and complex for a Rioja. Read More

    Wine review by Mirenda

  • Marco Real Tempranillo Navarra 2005


    Not sure I dig the tannins going on in the long finish. Drinkable, but you need something with a pretty strong flavor profile in a protein to balance it out. Read More

    Wine review by WuJuice

  • Castell del Remei Tempranillo Blend Costers del Segre Gotim Bru 2005


    I continue to be blown away by the great values coming out of Spain, and this is one of them. Huge nose, with aromas of black fruit and spice. The fruit just explodes on the palette, with lots of vanilla, raspberry and cherry flavors. Very concentrated with a very nice long finish. At $12 this is a great value. Read More

    Wine review by judgelog

  • Finca Allende Tempranillo Blend Rioja 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by bethesdafrog

  • Marqués de Riscal Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004


    Medium cherry red color with strongly perfumed rose and a hint of dust on the nose. Very soft, light, and thin on the palate with a bit of fruit, smoke, leather and oak. Agreeable and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by azygos

  • Rejadorada Temple 2004


    Bananas and plums on the nose - this wine has great fruit, especially for the price. The finish is on sour cherry and is quite bitter. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

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