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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  • Prado Rey 2006

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    This is a good wine for the money. Decent color. Nose significant for tobacco, smoke, cherry. Very full bodied, slightly inky, tea, but falls short on midpalate. Somewhere between fruit bomb and old word red wine but has its flaws. However for $17 not a bad find. Read More

    Wine review by jdepetrillo


  • Numanthia Termanthia 2003

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    Wine review by Ilya


  • Numanthia Termanthia 2003

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    Wine review by Aldo


  • Odisea Tempranillo Lodi Temporary Insanity 2004

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    You know, I cannot say enough good- no great- things about this Tempranillo. We tried this wine with a table at a restaurant in Houston and all 4 of us were blown away. it came highly recommended and we decided to splurge. It was WELL worth it. It's fruity without being too sweet, the oak and the vanilla are strong in the finish and I almost fel... Read More

    Wine review by tessarenee


  • Marqués de la Concordia Rioja 2004

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    Tempranillo-esque, found it at the local Whole Foods and bought blindly. I would buy it again as it was priced correctly and drank straight away. Read More

    Wine review by Sippy McSipper


  • Numanthia Termanthia 2003

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    Wine review by solomania9


  • Dominio Buenavista Veleta Nolados 2005

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    Tanzer IWC July 20062005 Bodega Dominio Buenavista/Veleta Wines Noladas Vino de ... de ... cabernet franc and tempranillo) Inky ruby. Vanilla-accented kirsch and blackberry on the nose, with complicating crackedpepper and violet qualities. Sweet dark berry flavors veer toward jammy but are firmed by dusty tannins. Finishes with clinging dark f... Read More

    Wine review by Nola Palomar


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

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    Tanzer IWC rating July 20082007 Bodega Dominio Buenavista/Veleta Wines Tempranillo Nuevo Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra($9; includes 10% garnacha) Saturated red. Lively red and dark berry aromas offer pleasant fresh appeal. Light in body and tangy, with lively redcurrant andbitter cherry flavors and good mineral bite. Finishes clean and... Read More

    Wine review by Nola Palomar


  • Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2005

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    Wine review by wkmont


  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004

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    Wine review by slsteph


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