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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  • La Rioja Alta Tempranillo Blend Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva 1970

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    This took it's sweet time to open up, even from a high shoulder fill bottle. At first there was only VA and the nose was very attenuated but with time and air it gained a fine leather note and nuances of rosewood, tobacco/ pipe smoke, sour game and a great floral top note. In the mouth this is very acid driven but the red currant fruit and sour ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Baron de Barbon Rioja 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by cspurzem


  • Marqués de Cáceres Rosé Blend 2007

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    Wine review by Violetstardom


  • Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I 1996

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    dry wood taste trees tobacco Read More

    Wine review by Qubican


  • Vega Sicilia Unico 1989

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    Huh, minkä hintainen viini... Appiukolla oli sitä pullo kaapissaan, nautimme sen sunnuntailounaalla lampaan kera. Voimakas mutta maukas viini, joka kyllä kaipasi lihaseuralaisen. Ei siis sovellu tissutteluun. Read More

    Wine review by Outi


  • Bodegas Navarro López Don Toroso NV

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    Wine review by bollin


  • !http://www.wineenthusiast.com/weimages/LandingImages/TopWines/20081201_TopWines_03.jpg!http://www.wineenthusiast.com/templates/TopWines_2008.asp?AfID=ZE1208CBeing a student I can't wait until 12/16 when they release the top 100 under $15. Has anyone had any of the wines on the list? Thoughts? Read More

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  • Bodega Dominio Buenavista Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra Veleta 2006

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    Perhaps a bit of reduction here then turning a bit spicy with menthol and green tobacco notes accenting the sweet jamy black raspberry fruit, lots of spice emerges in the glass and there is a rising smokiness. Spicy wood on the attack, a bit too woody and the tannins are woody too, hot, not that well integrated, spice with restrained fruit. An s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodega Dominio Buenavista Tempranillo Vino de Mesa de Andalucia Veleta Tempranillo Nuevo 2007

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    A bit low intensity but the big black fruits are lurking and are amply accented with smoke, salt, and slate tones. Sweetly fruited with a great crisp quality that keeps this very focused. Still a touch estery but the dark red fruits are nice and pure, no wood here! Juicy blackberry fruit emerges with a minor herbal tone adding balance. Alovely m... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodega Dominio Buenavista Tempranillo Vino de Mesa de Andalucia Veleta Tempranillo Nuevo 2007

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    Smells a bit sweet with a touch of butter over a base of grenadine but without much complexity or intensity. Full of ine berry fruit a veritable melange of warm strawberries, raspberries and wartermelon that has a soft edge of minerality. A rich rose with relatively high alcohol but expressive and very good in it's style 88pts. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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