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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  • ProWein, the annual wine and spirits fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the ... ... of Tino Toro, a clone of Tempranillo. All of the fruit came from a single vineyard that is over 140 years old. Red violets and leather fill the nose. The incredibly soft, deep, and giving palate is stuffed with red cherry flavors tinged with bits of raspberry. Kir... Read More

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  • Dios Ares Reserva Rioja 2008


    Wow, very nondescript. Just the lightest hit of blueberry fruit on the tip of the tongue. A kinduva cinnamon thing going on at the back of the palate. Very light-bodied for a red. Nothing really offensive, though, and it is low-dollar. I will drink the whole bottle. So, all is not lost. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Bodegas Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 2010


    Binny's 3/2016. Mary loved it. I am neutral, it was not offensive in any way, ... up to (really enjoy) Rioja (Tempranillo) wine Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Opera Prima la Mancha Tempranillo 2014


    Would have preferred this be a bit better balanced like most tempranillos. Red fruit forward. Became better after opened for a while, but still never fully balanced. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • For the fourth day in a row, we were out again Sunday evening.  This time ... ... by a glass of the 2009 Tempranillo from Rioja.  Sandra did a flight of Italian wines followed by a glass of the 2014 Gamay.  We walked over to The Kennedy Center in 50 F weather, where two days ago it was 80 F.  Go figure.  The performance was only 90 minutes an... Read More

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  • Ah, my first weekend following that wonderful vacation in Oregon.  So what ... ... Rioja Gran Reserva 2006Tempranillo wine, but the play had me wanting to leave at the intermission (Sandra would not hear of it).  Two hours and forty-five minutes of my life lost.  Oh well.  We have a ballet performance tonight... Read More

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  • Tomas Beundia NV


    I have to explore more to have a good feel for this but I am glad I took the ... bought a few bottles. A nice Tempranill Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Senior de P. Pecina Rioja Joven


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    Wine review by hstudio

  • And Brett. And bacteria."Native yeast" is more or less meaningless ... I was tasting some American Tempranillo today and out of a few dozen, one of them had a funkiness. I asked the producer whether he intentionally let his wine become bretty. He smiled and said that he did indeed. Years ago, a lot of Bordeaux, most of the N. Rhone, much of th... Read More

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  • “Pure wines capturing the essence of Spain in every glass,” ... ... ... Wines include:Tarantas Tempranillo Crianza- 100% Tempranillo, aged for at least 6 months. Share with friends over a meal - it’s a wine that calls for the next bite.Tarantas Monastrell –100% Monastrell from Jumilla has a smooth texture, with savory red fruits, soft and rou... Read More

    From the article Wine with Body and Soul from the Heart of Spain ~ Tarantas Tiene Cuerpo y Alma

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