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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  • Labastida Reserva 2001

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    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

    Forum post in the topic Rioja sales plummet,...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hi I am new to Snooth!


  • Tomàs Cusiné Tempranillo Blend Costers del Segre Vilosell 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by chloekall


  • Bodegas Rodero Tempranillo Blend Ribera del Duero Carmelo Rodero Gran Reserva 1999

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    I love this wine. One of my favorite Spanish wines ever. Its made by the Rodero family on their land. A true artisan-al wine. Great body, texture and balance. A rare jewel, if you can find this wine, get it don't think about it. Read More

    Wine review by YEYO787


  • Bodegas Viñedos del Marqués de Vargas Y Rioja Hacienda Pradolagar 2001

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    Amazing wine, worth the price. Goes great with any meal. Perfectly balanced on the palate. If you can find it, try it. Its an experience. Read More

    Wine review by YEYO787


  • Bodegas Saenz de Santamaria Rioja Rondan Crianza Reserva 2001

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    Wine review by Strumerika


  • Payva Tempranillo Red 2006

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    Wine review by AnthonyPet


  • Payva Tempranillo Red NV

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    Wine review by AnthonyPet


  • Dacu Ribera del Guadiana 2007

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    Wine review by AnthonyPet


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