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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  • Palacios Remondo Tempranillo Blend Rioja la Montesa Crianza 2005


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Palacios Remondo Rioja Propiedad 2010


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • "Wow.  That seems pretty spendy.  I look forward to a ... and ... ... and oddly enough, even Tempranillo, if you're looking at the sub $10 leve Read More

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  • Mano a Mano Tempranillo 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • What a QPR...... I realize we some big spenders on this forum but this wine was ... surprise. The 2012 Tapena Tempranillo is the best QPR I've had in a long time. Nice blackfruit on the nose, mix of red and blackfruit on entry, excellent balance of fruit, acidity and tannins. A really easy drinking weekday wine. Wine searcher has a price range ... Read More

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  • Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Crianza 2009


    Richly fruited on the palate with dark blackberry and bramble fruit, dried cranberry and notes of clay and earth giving a nice complexity. This has excellent acidity and ripe fruit flavors in the mouth and is quite creamy, with elegant and firm tannins filling in the round palate that ends with a zesty sweet baking spice and notes of fresh plum ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Torremoron Ribera del Duero Cosecha 2013


    Earthy and nicely spiced on the nose with floral aromas of wild flowers and notes of raspberry and mixed red berry with some black pepper spice. This is full and fresh and well-structured on the palate showing good red currant and raspberry fruit with notes of cherry, zesty baking spice and a good dose of earthy oak flavoring and a pleasant tann... Read More

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  • Protos Ribera del Duero Cosecha 2013


    Quite fresh and full in the nose with soft plum and red currant notes with pleasant spice and hints of vanilla. Violet petal and milk chocolate on the palate with fresh red fruit notes of raspberry, strawberry and cranberry mellowed by soft oak flavors of baking spice, vanilla and butter cream. This finishes a bit tart with refreshing acidity an... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • It’s summer. The weather is warm and if you are like me, your thoughts ... Garnacha perhaps with some Tempranillo. In the Loire, Cabernet Franc or Pinot Noir may be employed while in the New World, the entire world of reds are open for experimentation. The next step would be to decide how much color and structure to extract from the skins once... Read More

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  • Lar de Paula Tempranillo Rioja 2009


    Very nice classic Rioja Crianza Read More

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