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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  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 1995


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    Wine review by privatjokr

  • Bodegas Arzuaga la Planta 2007


    Good tasting, easy to dirnk wine. A bit on the fruity side. Read More

    Wine review by coach julio

  • Bodegas Valdemar 2004


    It is a good "Crianza." It's better than some of the new world reds cost $15 ... dominant, very typical young tempranill Read More

    Wine review by wineluv

  • Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I 1996


    I'm a big fan of Rioja Gran Reserva, especially after having pretty good ones from this vintage, but this one didn't meet my expectations unfortunately,,,Way too much oak, leatherly smoke, overwhelming fruits flavors. There're better valued Reserva and Crianza out there. Read More

    Wine review by wineluv

  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2004


    Very earthy wine with nose of red plum and other red fruits with just right amount of oak. Too bad the palate doesn't quite follow the expectation from the nose,,, Read More

    Wine review by wineluv

  • Brown Brothers Tempranillo 2008


    One of the best wines produced in Australia today. It exhibits everything a good temp need refreshingly light and dry but with beautiful fruit on the middle palate. Sells for ewell under $20 in Australia. Read More

    Wine review by darby

  • 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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