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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  • Garsa Tempranillo Calaveras County 2006

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    A touch of VA at first is followed by an earthy, balsamic, slight ... A very ... ... A very strong California Tempranillo. 90pt Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castoro Cellars Tempranillo Paso Robles Reserve 2006

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    Vegetal hints over cherry the wine is sweet flavored with earth and spice over strawberry, tannins and acidity a bit soft, at $20 I'll pass. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Vinos de la Tribu Toro Auroch 2006

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    Tons of very sweet dark black raspberry fruit thats a touch hot with some backing spice with soil and shale mineral top notes and a touch t of sage/herb. Front loaded with plenty of ripe but not overripe fruit, but still a bit clumsy with bold, dark fruit and a touch of bitter cherry adding freshness, Good acid cut, actually quite acidic and ref... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rioja Vega S. A. Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2006

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    Stinky barnyard nose that follows thru into the taste, lots of earth, both obscure the fruit flavors, seemed a bit flabby lacking in both acidity and tannins. A definite pass. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Garsa Tempranillo Calaveras County 2006

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    The nose is plummy over vanilla oak leading to a flavorful & sweet jam mixed with spice. The wine is chewy with lots of pith at the end. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Vinos de la Tribu Toro Auroch 2006

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    Hints of plum on the nose leads to strawberry over wet earth. Soft tannins, fresh & light but at $15 I'll pass. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Volver la Mancha 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by stewartwalker


  • Valdrinal Crianza 2004

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    Huge, dark, and spicy with some inkiness on the palate and a dry throbbing finish. I was wowed at the first sip but the novelty's wearing off, and now all I can taste is ink. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000

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    Since my Dec 08 review I've tried some old barolos, and this shares some of their round fungal acidic traits, but with more of an acidic greeting. Sublimely mellow and loud at the same time. With each sip I taste something new, but I'll be damned if I can name them all. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


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