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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  • Bodegas Riojanas Tempranillo Blend Rioja Viña Albina 1964

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    Very smoky apon opening with an herbal/minty cough lozenge tone and a bit of sweet pork fat on the delicate nose, perhaps some faded dried floral tones are lurking in the background as well. In the mouth this is delicate and faded with a bit of bottle sweetness up front then a brittle mid-palate which shows some nice hot iron and raspberry tones... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • R. López de Heredia Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia 1970

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    Opening with an herbal funky edge this gains a green citrus oil element then fermenting tobacco tones and a touch of nut oil sets off the black plum fruit. This is a little leathery with perhaps a touch of brett lurking. In the mouth this is round and rich yet with out the fine balance of the 1970 Tondonia, It comes off as a bit rustic in tonigh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vina Bosconia 1970

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    What a wonderful nose with smoky, earthy dried thyme tinged wild raspberry fruit that has a slight sweet/spicy cinnamon tone adding warmth and sweetness to the fruit. in the mouth this is just brilliant with a seamless quality to the transparent slightly jammy wild berry flavors. Fine and precise with perfect integration of the structural compo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Buil Giné & Montsant Baboix 2006

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    Deep black fruit on the nose -- a bit sweet with good potency. Good acidity and the deep flavors in this bottle makes it a great food wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Bodegas Santa Rufina Vina Rufina Alta Gama Reserva Tempranillo Castilla Y Leon Cigales 2001

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    goes well with hearty food--short ribs, meaty pasta. very smooth. Read More

    Wine review by teeveegal


  • Cvne Rioja Gran Reserva "Imperial" 1970

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    Herby and a bit of dry compost on the nose over clay and iron flecked rich red berries with a touch of coffee bean laid on top. Lacks the intensity of the 73. In the mouth this is a different story though as it remains rich with sweet, round fruit. The bright acids and polished tannins keep it relatively mouthfilling though it is elegant. With a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cvne Rioja Gran Reserva "Imperial" 1973

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    Lovely warm fruit on the nose with a slightly jammy tone and backing elements of ass, ash, and polished leather. This gains a nice violet top note and has a deep, powerful bouquet. In the mouth this is elegant yet a touch shallow with nice fruit across the palate and on to the shortish finish. It's vibrant but fading a bit. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodegas Y Viñedos del Contino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Contino Reserva 1974

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    Wonderfully perfumed and floral on the nose with a gamy, white pepper edge and cranberry fruit. In the mouth this is relaxed and quite resolved with a dried out character. There is some nice bitter fruit but the wine is more about structure than flavor in the mouth, very leathery and dry as well as clumsy feeling. 85pts. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodegas Y Viñedos del Contino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Contino Reserva 1976

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    A fine and complex nose with subtle balsamic, lemon blossom, vanilla, sandlewood and dried juniper tones framing nice wild cherry fruit. This is youthfully erect in the mouth with a layered elegance and lovely vibrancy right through the earthy, dried raspberry and strawberry filled palate. There's iron and spice on the backend that leads to a lo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodegas Y Viñedos del Contino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Contino Reserva 1978

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    Double decanted. Dark smelling with notes of freshly tilled earth, toast, grafite and black currant jam over subtle undertones of herbs and a little bubble gum. Opulent and soft in the mouth with anise seed tinged black raspberry fruit that is a bit creamy and one dimensional with a bit of distracting drying wood tannin on the finish. A fresh bo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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