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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  • Bodegas Olarra Tempranillo Blend Rioja Otoñal Reserva 2005

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    Wine review by Phil wine guy


  • Al,First off, I recommend NOT eating hot dogs.  Ever.  If you do eat ... misinformation here).  Tempranillo is often aged for at least six years.  Lots of it, for some weird reason, has this gold wire netting around the bottle.  It wasn't too difficult of a guess.  It was one or the other.  Have you had much Rioja Al?  If not, look for the Mug... Read More

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  • This is just me, and I'm a weirdo, but I doubt I'd go see a game with ... ... it looks like you have a Tempranillo on your special shelf.  Maybe a 2000 Rioj Read More

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  • Hazana Rioja Reserva Bodegas Abanico 2008

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  • Sometimes I have to think a minute about what sort of wine would be appropriate with an activity, rather than a certain meal.  I mean, you might pour a glass of wine without any thought given to a food stuff that might be consumed while you enjoy the wine. For instance, I could come home and find one of our cats sleeping on the couch in the fami... Read More

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  • Castillo de Anna Valencia Gran Reserva 2005

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    Not a bad tempranillo from the Valencia region of Spain (central east coast). For its age this is fairly light on its feet, not overly fruit forward but more earthy. There is some very ripe black cherry but more forest floor along with fairly pronounced grainy tannins. The acidity and the finish is medium. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Well, I really wanted to take it down to Florida, but no visit is in the cards ... life though. Kind of classic Tempranillo with a few years on but also classic RdD in that it was still on the bigger side as compared to say, Rioja. Opened up nicely over a few hours. It was slightly more acidic and less herbal than the Cab, which is exactly wha... Read More

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  • Torres Ibericos Rioja 2011

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    Had at Eddie merlot-etg buddy recommendation Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Marques de Riscal Tempranillo Frank Gehry Selection 2009

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Al - blind tasting is a great way to learn. However, it's better if you ... distinguish Pinot Noir from Tempranillo when you give them 12 wines with 20 years on.So keep doing blind tastings. It's a fantastic way to check on your own palate. I'm happiest when the cheapest wine is my favorite wine.Oh, and one other thing. There's some assumption... Read More

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