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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  • Wiens Family Cellars Tempranillo Blend California Tempranillo Petite Sirah Blend 2006


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    Wine review by oceank8

  • Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2003


    Good wine for the price. Some complexity and mineral. Read More

    Wine review by sapatero

  • Hacienda Villarta Tozara Tinto VdT 2004


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    Wine review by cwoods

  • Bodegas Primicia Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva Carravalseca 2001


    I almost missed an opportunity to fully appreciate this wine. It was on the 3rd day (1st day, left the bottle uncorked for 3 hrs, then corked with vacu vin) where it took a turn to the positive. Nose is nothing to write home about, but tastes of fleshy plum resonates. You will get a little black pepper spice action too, and a bit of tobacco a... Read More

    Wine review by winolee

  • Bodegas Y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero Reserva 1999


    PI. Rubi escuro, com bastante sedimentos mas brilhante. Nariz fresco, lembrando esmalte, aceto balsâmico, cereja, morangos, com um floral sutil. Ao contrário da Jancis, não notei nada que remetesse a aromas animais. Fruta limpa e fresca, alta acidez, pimenta branca, taninos numerosos e finos. Apesar de não ser dos mais elegantes, tem a personali... Read More

    Wine review by vinho

  • Venta la Ossa la Mancha 2004


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    Wine review by drdebs

  • Bodegas Torremorón Crianza 2006


    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


    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


    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

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