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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  • Twisted Oak Tempranillo Calaveras County 2005

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    Wine review by jmf


  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004

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    A relative shared this one afternoon, and it has become a favorite.Just a great red, lends itself to many occasions. Mixed fruits, quick finish and satiny. Read More

    Wine review by mannycorks


  • Does anyone know what to expect if you have allergies to red wine?From the mildest to the most horrid? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine allergies?


  • So I just opened one of my experimental bottles (Tempranillo) that I have laying around... and it is not something that I want to continue drinking. When I have a bottle like that I normally use it for cooking. I have made red wine reductions, braised meats with it, added it to soups... I would like to know what you do with yours? Read More

    Forum post in the topic What do you do with bad wine?


  • Maximo Tempranillo 2005

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    Smooth and slightly tart, good for easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by bhenak


  • Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2005

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    Wine review by hokielanders


  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004

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    Decently good with food. Nothing standing out to make me crave the same wine again... Read More

    Wine review by icefisher85


  • Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2005

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    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

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    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

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    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


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