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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  • Hermanos Pecina Reserva 2000


    Flat and fairly acidic. Initially tasted like raisin. After letting sit awhile, I got more of a fruity taste (mostly cherry). Not bad, but don't know if I'd buy it (sampled at a Rioja tasting). Read More

    Wine review by Heathen83

  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2002


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    Wine review by Alleigh

  • Tempra Tantrum Tempranillo Shiraz 2006


    60% Tempranillo, 40% Shirazscents of oak, cherry, and a bit of cedarsmooth start with juicy, dark fruit flavorshas a tangy, dry finish Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray

  • Llano Estacado Cellar Select Port NV


    Solid dessert port. Pairs well with a beef dinner and is certainly drinkable on it's own. Read More

    Wine review by Danderfoot

  • Castell del Remei Tempranillo Blend Costers del Segre Gotim Bru 2005


    Current & Spicy aroma. Velvety on the palate. Initial dryness with unfolding flavor. A good wine for it's value @ $11.99 @ NH outlet Read More

    Wine review by CLOJON

  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2005


    Nice Rioja, pleasant start with the nose, followed with a nice rough taste that satisfies. Read More

    Wine review by cgmees

  • Cillar de Silos Tempranillo Blend Ribera del Duero Altos de Revilla 2004


    An excellent wine from a superb RdD vintage. Deep red with strong aromas of pepper and spice. Excellent, long finish. Read More

    Wine review by rictobal

  • We as consumers tend to get caught up in trends whether we like it or not. The ... The ... and in both regions Tempranillo THRIVES. It produces wines that are better balanced, more complex and an all around better value than Pinot Noir! Heresy you say? Well seek one of these wines out and try it, then get back to me.I am not saying that Calif... Read More

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  • Casajus Vendimia Seleccionada 2004


    Beef broth and red fruits mingle on the nose of this one. It's quite easy to drink, smooth attack but with rougher tannins towards the finish (which I like), a good portion of oak, some leather and tar and fresh forest rugged appeal. I wish I were drinking this with a nice heavy meal. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Just the notes this time.See the blog post for more details.2006 Milcampos ...-tempranillo-ribera-del-duero-2006/At first fresh and fruity on the nose with a touch of smoky black spice then growing floral tones take the lead and are lifted by a touch of volatility. Soft on the attack, with a rich, extracted matte feel that is dominated by biter... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tempranillo PTP 13

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