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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  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2005


    Decanted for about one hour before serving. Deep red in color. On the nose this wine shows some herbal, fruit, and wood notes. On the palate the wine shows decent fruit and herbal character but it lacks the finesse that the 2004 vintage showed in Rioja. The tannins are not overpowering but the balance of the wine is a little off. The tannin... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Legado Finca Munoz Old Vines Tempranillo 2005


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    Wine review by vlandino

  • Bodegas Valduero Ribera del Duero Crianza 2004


    A delicious Ribera Crianza. With wines like this, who cares about the Reservas!Full-bodied and jammy berry flavors and a rich midpalate of chocolate, spice and vanilla flavors. Potent finish on ripe tannins. Open early and let this wine breathe... or decant it. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Quinta Quietud Red Blend Toro 2003


    Let me preface this by saying that I usually do NOT like Tempranillo. There's usually too much of something that leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth...literally. However, I took a chance on this one, and boy, was I rewarded!This is a a PHENOMENAL wine - totally balanced, well-structured, and with a seemingly endless finish. We decanted it ... Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Remirez de Ganuza 1994


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    Wine review by Strumerika

  • Martín Códax Tempranillo Rioja Ergo 2006


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    Wine review by RachelNYC

  • I tried the subject wine the other day, and the jury is still out on it! I am ... didn't help. What exactly IS tempranillo? Did I get a bad bottle or is it just a low quality wine Read More

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  • Artadi Rioja Orobio 2004


    The best spanish wine bar none. Tremendous fruit with coffee and floral notes. Long finish with complex structure that will easily hold up for another 30 - 40 years. Read More

    Wine review by pscolieri

  • Samuel's Gorge Tempranillo Mclaren Vale 2005


    very smooth already today; great balance Read More

    Wine review by mstrigel

  • Marqués de Riscal Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by angelbymyside

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