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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  • Antidoto Cepas Viejas Ribera del Duero 2012


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    Wine review by Aristophanes

  • Gundlach Bundschu Tempranillo Sonoma Valley 2012


    Berries aromas with earthy and tobacco flavors combine together to open the palate. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Hoya de Cardenas Reserva Tempranillo 2010


    This superb value from an ancient wine region just west of Valencia has a wonderful nose of acidic fruit such as cranberry, serviceberry or some types of wild blueberry. The palate receives a pretty good dose of soft blueberry with pucker-inducing acidity and soft tannin; entry and finish is smooth and pleasant. Recommended. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Bodegas Luzon Mourvedre Blend Jumilla Altos de Luzón 2009


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    Wine review by xfer

  • Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2002


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    Wine review by xfer

  • OT, you need to embrace the winemaker's mission with the Artiste label and ... ... which is a blend on 91% Tempranillo  and 9% Merlot. He is able to play with the flavor profiles of each varietal and blend them to create something new and creative. I love his style. No wine is the same with every bottling. He sources his grapes and wine from ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • C-D-B was once considered a pretty good producer.  Funny thing is, right ... ... of mention for having Tempranillo, Graciano (including a varietal bottling), Tinta Cao (Portugese red), and Touriga Nacional (ditto).  They also make a "port" using actual port varieties.  Oh, and an Albarino. Mentioned elsewhere that I had a Charbono from Kachin... Read More

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  • Martín Berdugo Mb 2009


    Specatacular! Probably the best wine I have tasted for the price. Full bodied, fills the mouth with fruit. Hints of vanilla... highly recommended! Read More

    Wine review by GeekonWine

  • Martín Berdugo Crianza 2010


    Great wine. Read More

    Wine review by GeekonWine

  • The first time I had Ethiopian food was back in high school twenty years ago, ... ... Spain$20, 13.5% abv.85% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano, 5% Garnacha Tinta Light chocolate and leather profile, smooth body with mild tannins. Delightful balance and an elegant finish. Rioja remains an outstanding bargain across many producers and you'l... Read More

    From the article Unlikely Wine Pairings: Ethiopian Food

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