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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  • Albet I Noya Tempranillo Penedès Classic 2006


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    Wine review by GregBurnison

  • This past Sunday Greg Dal Piaz from snooth.com had a sampling of some of the ... mild tannins.Lot 93, a 2004 Tempranillo from Spain: Deep purple, ultra fruity nose very nice aromas of violets and flowers and red cherries/ red fruit on the palate, really nice.Lot 86, a 2006 Lodi Zinfandel from California: Nose: warm, wood, jammy on the sweet si... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cameron Hughes Wines

  • I had a great afternoon on Sunday as I met with Eric Guido and Dave Treiger in ... in ... tough, austere Tempranillo that exploded in the glass by day 2http://www.snooth.com/wines/cameron%20campo/#cameron+tempranillo:1:0:0:125:srThe effusively good old vine zin that everyone liked, and I do mean everyonehttp://www.snooth.com/wine/lot-86-lodi-... Read More

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  • I was pleased to welcome a few friends into the Snooth lair yesterday for a ... against the Cameron Hughes Tempranillo Lot 93. If the Compo de Borja was a wine for people just getting into wine this Tempranillo is a wine for people who have arrived. Showing incredible power and concentration this was just a fantastic bottle of wine, interestin... Read More

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  • Lot 93 Rioja Tempranillo 2004


    When I first tried this the aromatics were dominated by sweet oaky notes though there was a layered character to the wine that slowly revealed itself. Once one got past the baking spices there were notes of earth, tar, coffee and smoke perched above a bed of slightly jammy raspberry fruit. Gentle top notes of sassafras, mint, and sweet coffee ea... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Manyana 2004


    If you enjoy velvety reds then this wine is a must try at $7-8/bottle. This tempranillo starts by awakening your tastebuds with a slightly acidic jolt that quickly tuns into a blanket of warm fruitiness. It is just a little sweet with a robust flavorful finish. Read More

    Wine review by boss angler

  • Finca Muñoz Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Reserva de Familia 2004


    A warmer yet softer taste to what I expected. Overall its perhaps a little thin and a taste overload tendering towards licquorice, I'm not a fan of licquorice. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Mano a Mano la Mancha 2005


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    Wine review by Jefferby

  • Bodegas Y Viñedos la Solana Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Pago Florentino 2005


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    Wine review by Jefferby

  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000


    This opens with just a touch of an acetic tone then turns layered with an earthy, leathery core of jellied raspberry fruit with a touch of vanilla and high tones of pepper, cedar, and a brisk saline note. With airing this gains nuanced floral and star anise tones as well as a smoky top note. In the mouth this is really bright with zesty, mouth c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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