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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  • Sainsbury's Old Vines Tempranillo Spain 2007


    This is about as cheap as it gets. Not as bad as I expected for the price but still pretty average. There's nice berry's on the palate and the mouthfeel is ok. Quite spicy upfront before mellowing on the finish. Will do the job for those on a budget but definately no substance to write home about. Read More

    Wine review by devojazz

  • Bodegas Martínez Bujanda Rioja Conde de Valdemar Reserva 2003


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    Wine review by lethargicman

  • Viader Tempranillo Chiles Valley Dare 2005


    Great wine ... was thinking of rating this a 4 but it just fell short. Great ruby coloring with intensity in the site. Lots of spice in the nose with some red fruit underneath. Lots of spice and fruit layered in the taste with good acidity and nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn

  • Bodegas Altanza Rioja Lealtanza Gran Reserva 2000


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    Wine review by Markus Gruber

  • Castillo la Bastida Reserva Rioja 1999


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    Wine review by Markus Gruber

  • Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2005


    A gift from a friend. I really liked this, although it is lighter than my normal tastes. Very fruity and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by onlyreds

  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2001


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    Wine review by LABabble

  • Labastida Reserva 2001


    Besides the cherry that dominates the nose, there is a hint of plum and spice. The wine is very fruit forward. The fruit is a mixture of cherry, plum, and fruit jam. The next thing one senses in this medium bodied wine is the spice. This balanced wine has soft tannins, and a rather dry mouth feel. Read More

    Wine review by David Kohl

  • http://www.decanter.com/news/277340.htmlI found this a strange, but fascinating article. "Rioja sales fell by up to 15% in 2008, with Rias Baixas and Castilla-La Mancha reporting marked increases in sales.According to statistics released by DOC Rioja's regulatory board, sales of Gran Reserva in 2008 fell by 14.7%, with Reserva falling 10.4%, and... Read More

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  • Hey everybody!I thought I would introduce myself since I am new to Snooth. I am a guy in my early twenties who is taking this wine thing to the next level. Currently I have been pursuing red wines. I like a Primitivo only if it has the right medieval finish. A good "porch-drinking red" would be medium bodied, full of berries, but has a memorabl... Read More

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