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 Y Viñedos Heras Cordon Tempranillo Blend Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2004

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    This nose is completely enthralling with full funky monkey notes of preserved meats and pork fat with a core spicy, black berry liquor and a hints of minty barnyard, white pepper, mineral and dried bay leaf. Very polished and bright on entry with an initial sweetness that is followed by bright acids and very soft tannins This is noticeably gamy ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Miguel Merino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2000

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    Full and deep on the nose with roast peach, wood spice, leather, game, white truffle and white chocolate tones then with air this gains notes of saw dust, old books, cocoa powder, sweet red licorice, cherry pie, vanilla, beefy, lovely complex and balanced nose. The entry is rich and soft with bright acid driven fruit flavors, layered and juicy ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Truchard Tempranillo Carneros 2004

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    Earthy and tight on the nose with a bit of French oak adding sweetness to the mineral and dried cherry/strawberry tones that have a slight leathery edge. The sweet fruit on entry is met with a great acidic cut that leaves this opulent and almost voluptuous with rich tannins embedded in plush fruit. Its a bit tight but with a top note of milk ch... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodegas Ochoa Tempranillo Navarra Crianza 2004

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    Offering a really nice nose with earth, forest floor, leather, and beef notes edged with very well integrated milky wood tones. Smooth and silky on entry with lots of bright acids and soft tannins supporting rich, juicy fruit with intense dark raspberry/blueberry fruit and a lovely bitter edge keeping it tense in the mouth. This gains a bit o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Casajus Vendimia Seleccionada 2004

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    This starts off deep and a touch stinky with saddle leather, black earth, forest floor and noticeable licorice and blackberry fruit then closes up in the glass revealing a minty top note and a deep underlay of clay. There is big black raspberry fruit right up front followed by a well-integrated, balanced mouthfeel that features pure dark, hard c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Coral Mustang Tempranillo Paso Robles Rosé Vista Creek 2005

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    This smells a touch sweet at first then very fruity and very Tempranillo-like with a nice sandy, dusty soil tone and a broad array of herbal, tobacco and floral background aromatics. There is a touch of VA here and it is a bit dirty, but in a good way making this penetrating and complex. A little sweet on entry but nice acidity and well judged t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Core C3 Tempranillo 2006

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    Spicy and sweet smelling with notes of ginger, apricot and sassafras dominating at first then gaining complexity with hints of raw beef and vanilla accenting the cranberry fruit. This gains a rather distinctive note of mace and allspice berries with further airing. A bit flat on the attack but this is followed up by zesty, red apple acids, and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ardales Tempranillo 2007

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    Slightly candied on the nose with notes of sweet fruit and candied melon rind lifted by a touch of heat that accentuating the oaky notes. Soft in the mouth yet with adequate acidity that supports sour fruit flavors accented by subtle tones of minty herbs, earth, and green olive. This seems a touch dull, could use a bit more oomph and depth, but ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Milcampos Tempranillo Ribera del Duero 2006

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    At first fresh and fruity on the nose with a touch of smoky black spice then growing floral tones take the lead and are lifted by a touch of volatility. Soft on the attack, with a rich, extracted matte feel that is dominated by biter tannins. The acidity is good here and the fruit does hold some interest with its unsweetened black raspberry red... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2004

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    Wine review by MelJayne


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