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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  • Cepunto Tinto Joven 2005

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    Cepunto Tinto Joven 2005 was prodcued for the request of Wein & Vinos ine the ... ... la Mancha region. This Tempranillo is of deep red color, ripe fruit aroma can be ised as a table wine to pizza, pastas et Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak


  • Vina Ardanza 2000

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    Wine review by amberlie price


  • Cavas Valmar Tempranillo 2009

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    Wine review by elle27


  • Marques Dl Concordia 2005

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    Wine review by Benski


  • Viña Solorca Tempranillo Ribera del Duero Crianza 1998

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    Really hard to find vintage these days, but fantastic if you can get your hands on the 2001 or 2002. Read More

    Wine review by Natalie Kronick


  • Celler Piñol Red Blend Terra Alta Ludovicus 2007

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    A light-medium bodied wine with the clean mouthfeel and taste of cranberry juice. It is nicely spiced and herbaceous with rosemary dominating the bouquet. The finish is lengthy and has the tingle and wonderful bitterness of grapefruit. Read More

    Wine review by chazlupei


  • F&e Bodegas Realeza Tempranillo Penrosa 2007

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    This wine really needs the opportunity to breathe. Open it pour a glass and wait an hour. I'm serious. Tastes like a sparkling white zin. Yuck. There's nothing I hate more than white Zin. Read More

    Wine review by sweetladylynnie


  • Martín Códax Tempranillo Rioja Ergo 2006

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    Delicious! Smells of tar and blueberry giving this wine a sweet and soury hint. Initial taste is somewhat sour as well almost like the first bite of a plum. A soft finish of floral variety close to rose petals. Also hint's of strawberry's still in the wet ground of the field. Read More

    Wine review by sweetladylynnie


  • Mano a Mano la Mancha 2005

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    An easy go-to wine for me, but I have to be in the mood for the distinct taste. There's almost a bacon flavor happening. I used to drink it often, but now I may be Mano o Mano-ed out. Read More

    Wine review by dline88


  • Bodegas Navarro López Don Toroso NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by jpponline


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