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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  • Numanthia 'Termanthia' Tempranillo 2006


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    Wine review by pchowdhry

  • Terra Unica Tempranillo Alicante 2003


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    Wine review by TimothyMBallard

  • I was joined recently by some fellow winelovers to share a mixed case of Tempranillo. There were only a few clunkers in the case, and a corked wine from Truchard that has since been replaced and is really a wonderfully complete and compelling bottle but we have to skip that for this tasting panel. In all we were left with 10 bottles for this se... Read More

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  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva 2005


    Campo Viejo Crianza 2005 TempranilloFrom Rioja, Spain comes this wonderful Crianza ... aged for 12 months in oak casks and another 12 in bottle. Dark ruby in color with warmer colors around the edges and a medium body, this has rich, jammy aromas and sniff, sniff... hmm, there are some horses in the barn... and a hint of minerality. On the palat... Read More

    Wine review by vigna uva vino

  • Finca Labarca Rioja 2007


    The oak taste does not apply to this one (I guess as it has not been stored for very long) but warm red fruit with a slight herbiness are the main components. Would probably be better left for a while but have had better Rioja's even at this price. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Truchard Tempranillo Carneros 2004


    Full of wood spice on the nose with smoking rocks, tilled earth, forest floor, mushroom, leather, all pumped up a bit and candied so I wouldnt mistake this for Old world but still very attractive. Very smooth and polished on entry, bright herb, mushroom and soil tinged dark raspberry/black raspberry fruit. Lovely balance, a bit tight and unevol... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Marqués de Riscal Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 1925


    Sweet and earthy on the nose with notes of sauteed eggplant, roasted dark fruits and maderized tones in balance. Full and rich in the mouth with lots of dull fruit that is slightly roasted and chunky with a bit of a roasted beet root tone and a medicinal edge. The fruit gains a bit of focus with a nice cherry pie filling tone and a bit of aprico... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bodegas Palacio "Cosme Palacio Rioja" 2007


    A ton of VA greets the nose followed by stale RC cola, bacon and a touch of fudgy oxidation. There is a subtle note of TCA lurking here with nice mace tones helping to conceal it. In the mouth this is heavy with great acids, crisp tannins and VA helping to keep things lively. I get a bit of TCA on the palate as well but the juicy pruny/dried ch... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bodegas Riojanas Tempranillo Blend Rioja Viña Albina 1964


    Very smoky apon opening with an herbal/minty cough lozenge tone and a bit of sweet pork fat on the delicate nose, perhaps some faded dried floral tones are lurking in the background as well. In the mouth this is delicate and faded with a bit of bottle sweetness up front then a brittle mid-palate which shows some nice hot iron and raspberry tones... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • R. López de Heredia Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia 1970


    Opening with an herbal funky edge this gains a green citrus oil element then fermenting tobacco tones and a touch of nut oil sets off the black plum fruit. This is a little leathery with perhaps a touch of brett lurking. In the mouth this is round and rich yet with out the fine balance of the 1970 Tondonia, It comes off as a bit rustic in tonigh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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