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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  • Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo 2005


    Great bang for the back as far as Tempranillo goes. Wonderful nose, balanced acidity, long finish. Very forward but in a good way. Terroir AND crowd-pleasing potential. Read More

    Wine review by laposalucci

  • Telmo Rodríguez Toro Dehesa Gago 2005


    Very nice Tempranillo. Jammy and fruity yet smooth. Big but very drinkable. Recommended with game. Read More

    Wine review by laposalucci

  • Kennedy Shah Tempranillo 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by BrandonA

  • ° ° Recently one of our other bloggers here on Snooth, Callie Exas, posted a blog on dessert wines.  This is a great blog that outlines what to expect from dessert wines and what they are.  However, (no offence Callie) I felt a little bit snubbed.  You see, I am Canadian and one of the sources of national pride for Canadians is Ice Wine.  Okay, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ice Wine

  • Santo Tomas Tempranillo 2006


    175 Pesos in Mexico - ca. 14 US$.Fruity and mature, very well balanced. Strong notes of vainilla. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • La Rioja Alta Tempranillo Blend Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva 1970


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by cspurzem

  • Marqués de Cáceres Rosé Blend 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Violetstardom

  • Faustino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva I 1996


    dry wood taste trees tobacco Read More

    Wine review by Qubican

  • Vega Sicilia Unico 1989


    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

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