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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  • Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2005


    Very spicy, aromatic nose with pepper and some other spices that I can't quite put my finger on. Notes of oak accompany berry fruit. Medium body with a somewhat light mouthfeel. Moderately firm tannins. Even though the varietals in this wine are the same as in the Rhone wines I often drink, this wine definitely has a style all its own. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2004


    An earthy, herbal, lightly tannic nose, leading to a dry, leathery yet fruity wine. Its pretty predictable, but alright. Mainly the dry tannins and cedar come through, but there are some plums and licorice notes too. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Tienen Duende Tempranillo Blend Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Y León Red 2005


    I would agree with the plum and black cherry. There was a bit of that, but not a whole lot of anything going on here. Nice tannins, the color was quite dark red. Fairly mellow red, easy to drink and easy to forget. Fine with tacos. I got it on a clearance sale for $2 a bottle, and I've had much worse for twice the price! Read More

    Wine review by revtiedye

  • Bodegas Pinna Fidelis Roble 2004


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    Wine review by shot2pieces

  • Montecillo Gran Riserva 2001


    This wine is a medium-full bodied wine, but packs a bite. It comes across a little sour after a few seconds, but makes for a very interesting flavor and finish. Paired very well with beef filets and asparagus from the grill. Great mouth feel without the 'film' of some European wines. Read More

    Wine review by coryhwhite357

  • Paso a Paso Tempranillo la Mancha 2007


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    Wine review by c4n1

  • Museum Real Reserva 2003


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    Wine review by xiko

  • Penascal "Tempranillo" Castilla Y León 2005


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    Wine review by Zinnful

  • Finca Los Trenzones la Mancha Condesa de Leganza Crianza 2002


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    Wine review by Stoney321

  • Telmo Rodriguez M2 Red 2004


    I really like this wine. It is warm and velvety, with dark inviting fruit. It has that spanish flair that adds to any meal involving a perfectly prepared red meat. Not so heavy as to linger in your mouth, but stays long enough to allow the flavor to open up on your tongue with a sip and inhalation. I try to keep one of these on hand, but we keep... Read More

    Wine review by HB Carter

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