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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  • Lot 93 Rioja Tempranillo 2004

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    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

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    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

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    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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    No written review

    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

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    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


  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000

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    This beautiful wine manages richness of raspberry flavors and delicacy in the palate, with a sharp butter and pepper finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000

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    Extremely smooth and slick. A bit of a tang on the finish. A little mineral watery, but pleasant. Thin tasting without a lot of body, but tastes well made. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000

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    Floral, red fruit nose. The palate is bright with some black pepper and spice. Holds a lot of juicy red fruit, mostly strawberries. Quite an interesting wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000

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    Light on the nose, but with an interesting chemical quality thats barely present. Aged and mellowing, retaining high acidity. Its very mineral - like sucking on a small pebble (the acidity makes the mouth water which helps with this analogy). Fairly meaty and earthy. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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