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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  • We had a very nice day yesterday, the last day of June.  It started with a ... a ... each had a different Tempranillo at Jaleo's, but we had wine flights at Seasons 52 - a white flight for Sandra, and a red flight for mysel Read More

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  • Bodega Matsu "Matsu" Toro 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Bodega Virgin de las Vinas Ribera del Duero Tierra Aranda 2014

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    Light on the nose. Rich red fruit with good acidity and a smooth drying finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Black Cellar Blend 9 Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo NV

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    Nice cranberry coloration and with good clarity throughout....tinges of purple, rusty brown and violet hues along the ridges....after some swirling, there is a plentiful amount of legs. Nice fruit forward aromas of plum, tart cherry, Earth and touches of leather and cooked root vegetable....the finish smells dry and of sun drenched grapevine. ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • The '15 Bedrock is a little wound up. A year orbtwo owuld surely help.I ... 2016 Gather Rosé of Tempranillo Amador County 1x 2014 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir (reload)2x 2015 Son of a Butcher Napa Valley RedThen it was off to WineBid to pick up some recent iwnnings but on the way Instopped at Napa Valley Wine and Cigar to visi... Read More

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  • Vina Herminia Crianza 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • Sabor Real Toro 2008

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    Serious blackberry representation. Needs a bit of time to open. Drink in first two days. I've had better wine from Spain based on acid/balance. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Antano Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Quite darkpretty much, opaquein the glass. Modest barnyard nose. On the tongue I am surprised at the lack of fruitthere is some dark berry fruit there, but it is very light and pretty sour. Lots of dustiness which gives a puckery sensation. What do you expect for Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Had a small BBQ with another couple tonight - sort of a smallish celebration. ... out this:A 2009 Vina Equia tempranillo based Rioja Reserva.  Beautiful, rich and ladened with dark berry fruits, anise, spice and solid tannins accompanied with juicy acidit Read More

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