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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  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2004


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    Wine review by algorithm0

  • Osborne Solaz Tempranillo Cabernet 2006


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    Wine review by roblo

  • Twisted Oak Tempranillo Calaveras County 2005


    We enjoyed this wine with burgers and brats tonight. Deep fruity, cherries and berries, and, caught the cinnamon as well. All four of us who drank it enjoyed it. I would drink this wine again. Read More

    Wine review by sedecula

  • Twisted Oak Tempranillo Calaveras County 2005


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  • Bodegas Julián Chivite Tempranillo Blend Navarra Gran Feudo Reserva 2001


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    Wine review by moodymalbec

  • When the guys at Snooth recently introduced the concept of page ownership on ... Semillon, Silvaner, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier, Zinfandel.This shows is a wide diversity in climates and soils that permit so many different grape varieties to be grown. The soil content varies dramatically throughout the valley but is mostly a volcanic base. ... Read More

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  • Jc Vizcarra Tempranillo 2005


    Very fruity, strong tannins, nice leather, black cherry, gammon, licoice and pine needles on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Pintia Toro 2005


    Fab wine - sniffs of cherry and faint spices, tastes great: full bodied, complex (and a little rough still) - but great with a steak, deep purple in colour, and the cherry comes through in the taste. Read More

    Wine review by la7aru7

  • Bodegas Real Tempranillo-Shiraz 3 Litres In a Box 2005


    Feeling experimental, I asked the clerk at my local wine store to recommend a ... ... box of 2005 Bodegas Real Tempranillo-Shiraz declaring it the best value. The 3 liter boxthe equivalent of four bottles of winecost only $37.99 CAD, which works out to approximately $9.50 a bottle. Seeing my dubious apprehension (wasnt boxed wine the biggest f... Read More

    Wine review by fresnelle

  • Bodegas Ada Navarra Old Vine Red Guitar Red 2006


    Color: more garnet than Cotes du Rhone, clearer too, no cloudiness, Nose: not nice, a little musty (though, in a 9:47 pm retrospect, not as musty as the Cotes du Rhone, fruity, light fruit, maybe strawberry, Addendum: [sniff]..yeah, thats a pretty sucky nose. Lamarr, Taste: fruity, a little sweet, almost syrupy compared to the Cotes du Rhone, ye... Read More

    Wine review by lamarr

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