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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  • Bodegas Torremorón Crianza 2006

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    After decanting and letting it breath a bit I pour my glass. The wine is a beautiful, bright violet/garnet color. The nose is a little red currant, cherry and mint with a good touch of old-world earthiness that I enjoy in my wines. The wine is medium bodied, good tannins and acidity delivering juicy raspberries and producing an "Ahhhh" of pleasure. Read More

    Wine review by tmpape


  • Wines tasted for this report:2006 Budini Malbec 85pts2007 Finca Flichman Malbec ...-tempranillo-finca-la-linda-2006-4/2006 Navarro Correas Coleccion Privada 14% MendozaAppearing dark, dense and youthful in the glass this offers up effusive notes of oaken spice and toast notes with layers of dried plum and berry fruit. Gains complexity in the gl... Read More

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  • Luigi Bosca Tempranillo Finca la Linda 2006

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    Appearing quite dense but youthful with an edge of development. Heavy aromatics, dark and honeyed, with sweet black fruit and gentle spice notes. A bit dull in the mouth with a refreshing herbal character but a hot and hollow mid-palate. The finish is fairly long with oak driven notes of caramel and toffee. 82pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Trou de Bonde Roux Petite Syrah 2006

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    This is in fact a blend: 58% Petit Syrah, 35% Zinfandel, 7% Tempranillo. Well-balanced big red, with cherries and spice. A bit of vanilla, but not overwhelmingly oaky. Very long finish. A friend found the acid overpowering, but I didnt. Read More

    Wine review by Jack Lynch


  • Mano a Mano la Mancha 2005

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    Wine review by wkmont


  • Hey Everyone I'm totally new to Priorat but one thing I can say is the few I've had (all from Mas Doix) were some of the most fantastic wines I've ever had. So I'm wondering if there are any Priorat lovers out there that can give me an idea of producers to look for and maybe vintages to seek out both value and life changing. Also, wh... Read More

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  • Twisted Oak Tempranillo Blend Calaveras County the Spaniard 2006

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    Light cherries and vanilla on the nose - good use of oak, nice vanilla. Bit tart on the finish, but nice. Bit pricey though. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Since I am in Australia, I am just wondering if you know, like or have tasted Semillon from the Hunter Valley (Australia) when young and after 5 years of ageing... Semillon from this region (250 kms from Sydney) is renowned for their Semillon and as Jancis Robinson OBE MW has said "Hunter Semillon is Australia's unique gift to the world".I have ... Read More

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  • Celler Piñol Red Blend Terra Alta Ludovicus 2007

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    Wine review by Mosi


  • Marqués de Riscal Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2003

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    Wine review by sfquixote


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