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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  • 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

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    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

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    it was a pleasant wine and was aging well Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Condominio 'Roble' Ribera del Duero Spain Tempranillo 2014

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    while i quite enjoy a good tempranillo, this bottle came of as flat and bland even tho the other person i shared it with enjoyed ot. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Vina Zaco 2014

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    Bold, fruity and aromatic, this has a fresh nose of cherry, raspberry and strawberry preserves with cinnamon spice. This is restrained and earthy on entry, but develops on the palate releasing ripe cherry and strawberry fruit, sticky tarry earth and a bright, clean finish that delivers a good balance of structure. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 2011

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    Wine review by Teppo


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