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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  • Garsa Tempranillo Calaveras County 2006


    The nose is plummy over vanilla oak leading to a flavorful & sweet jam mixed with spice. The wine is chewy with lots of pith at the end. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590

  • Vinos de la Tribu Toro Auroch 2006


    Hints of plum on the nose leads to strawberry over wet earth. Soft tannins, fresh & light but at $15 I'll pass. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590

  • Volver la Mancha 2005


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    Wine review by stewartwalker

  • Valdrinal Crianza 2004


    Huge, dark, and spicy with some inkiness on the palate and a dry throbbing finish. I was wowed at the first sip but the novelty's wearing off, and now all I can taste is ink. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000


    Since my Dec 08 review I've tried some old barolos, and this shares some of their round fungal acidic traits, but with more of an acidic greeting. Sublimely mellow and loud at the same time. With each sip I taste something new, but I'll be damned if I can name them all. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Hey! I am in need of some major help! I have a wedding coming up in June north of San Antonio, and I need to get some advice on great tasting, but extremely reasonably priced whites and reds. We already got some great advice on champagne for really cheap, but not the wines. We'll also have a light beer, dark beer, and margaritas and we'll be ser... Read More

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  • Bodegas Gandía Utiel-Requena Reserva Hoya de Cadenas 2004


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    Wine review by thisisfranciswu

  • Bodegas Valdemar 2004


    picked up for $12.99Amazing concentration of developed fruit, spice and earth aromas and flavors. One of the best Crianza I've ever had for the money. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • R. López de Heredia Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia 1981


    The lovely wild cherry fruit on the nose is gently dusted with warm cinnamon spice and dried floral tones that are backed up by a touch of green tea and a musky, gamy note. Pristine and transparent in the mouth with bright, zesty acids that accentuate the raspberry fruit and balance the earthy, leathery notes that frame the fruit. Turns a touch ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja 1976


    A minor terpene note on the nose quickly blows off revealing a complex and compelling nose of roast tangerine, mineral, honeycomb, brushfire, and caramel corn, though more corn than caramel. The bright acids wash across the palate and lift the pink grapefruit, pomegranate and ranier cherry tones through to the rich, long finish with it's more ci... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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