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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  • MJ - A change of pace is a good idea when drinking wine.  I hardly ever ... ...  I decided to try a Tempranillo from their regular menu because I didn't go for the 'wine & flats' menu today.  The stone crab was interesting but I cut my thumb opening one of them and the taste of blood kind of puts me off.  I much prefer snow crab or king crab. ... Read More

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  • Conde de San Cristobal Ribera del Duero 2013


    rich and sweet on both nose and palate! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Bodegas Luis Cañas Rioja Amaren Reserva 2011


    nose of maple and apricot, tasted raisins, rich! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria Tempranillo Rioja Crianza 2011


    Fine Read More

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  • I've had many of those Juan GIl's. Really good value.GregT, I agree ... agree ... Although I think Tempranillo on its own is lacking and more makers need to put something in there to kick the acid up a notch in general.  Unless it's joven, young and fruity, Tempranillo can go flat on its own pretty fast.  That's why Rioja and RdD are great wi... Read More

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  • Oz clark is a minority of one! Even Jesus, who makes Contino and has championed ... it provides the acidity that Tempranillo lacks.Come to think of it, I've had some pretty good Syrah this year. In fact, I think I'll have one tonight. Two that I wasn't familiar with but have become extremely fond of are Martinelli and Meyer Family. They both ma... Read More

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  • OT is showing off with that Ultramarine, because no one can get it now.  ... that the second best grape, Tempranillo is so good, to the fact that Graciano didn't really catch on. Dunc, thanks for the view from the other side of the pond. I don't know if it's going to make my short list, but I had a pretty terrific 2011 Arnot Roberts Griffins L... Read More

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  • Condado de Haza Gran Reserva "Alenza" 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking weeks left, start nominating your wines of the year.  And, if you like, nominate a wine experience of the year. I'm going to have to think about the WOTY for a while, and I'll update this OP as things occur to me, but I'm going to say it wasn't a year full of head turning win... Read More

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  • Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010


    it was a pleasant wine and was aging well Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

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