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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  • Turnbull Tempranillo 2005


    This wine is a special treat because tempranillo grapes are typically found in South America and not Napa. It is a juicy, rich wine with all of my favs - vanilla, black raspberry, and chocolate goodness. Read More

    Wine review by lawdidoti

  • Hey there all, am new to this forum. Have enjoyed the range of topics I've ... ... and gifting, and making a tempranillo shake by using its bottle like a cocktail mixer. Definitely some creative people in this group! ;-)Anyway, I have a question that's troubling me at the moment. I've lived in Japan for several years, and, pre-9/11, used to wh... Read More

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  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2001


    Costco c. $25 - transformed within a few minutes of opening: sweat, leather, tobacco, pepper and stewed cherries. Within another ten minutes, the cherries had faded into plums and mint. My friend said allspice - it did finish with some heat. But the second day open was not as kind - the magic didn't last for long apparently although the stewe... Read More

    Wine review by drake42

  • Tempranillo - Back to the BasicsAfter last weeks lopsided report on Tempranillo I though we needed to refocus ourselves on some of the great regions in Spain that have made Tempranillo what it is today. A small group of Snooth members met in our conference room for the weekly PTP blind tasting. Of course, we still had to include a few domestic w... Read More

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  • Castell del Remei Tempranillo Blend Costers del Segre Gotim Bru 2004


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    Wine review by fzjchase

  • Haciendas Marqués de la Concordia Tempranillo Rioja 2004


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    Wine review by efnu

  • Adios Tempranillo, Hello Cabernet!GTi makes the switch to Cabs and wait till you see what we'll be tasting this Thursday. A vertical of Gundlach Bundschu to commemorate their 150th anniversary! There will be a poetry slam sponsored by the winery all day on Thursday, 151 words or less on why wine moves you, and we'll be tasting along with the win... Read More

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  • Volver la Mancha 2005


    Licorice, spice, pepper & leather. Excellent value. Read More

    Wine review by azygos

  • Pedro Pergolas Valdepeñas Old Vine Crianza 2001


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    Wine review by luckydog

  • Viña Valoria Rioja 1968


    Amazing wine - for something that is over 40 years old to taste so fresh and spot on. Perfect berry notes with sublime leather and minimal wood effects. Not like a typical old school Rioja with tons of oak aging, this tastes incredible. Worth it if you can find it. Read More

    Wine review by buttswirls

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