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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  • Had some friends over - due to inclement weather not everyone showed - for a ... a ... Rioja Reserva - 100% Tempranillo. This needed some time to  allow the alcohol to blow off.  Once that time occurred the the dark berry fruits took over, dusty notes, spices and herbal notes, a linear wine that grabs you with chewy tannins and a dry finsih. ... Read More

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  • Very nice.  I enjoy the blind wine tasting parties, but usually I'm ... ... would have expected that Tempranillo to be the top one of the three, but of course I was not there. &nbs Read More

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  • Today was my birthday and after a grueling 3.5 hour massage, I stopped at ... ... other wine, a 2012 San Roman Tempranillo, is safely home in my wine rack awaiting another special day.   &nbs Read More

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  • BELATED BD GREETINGS DMCKERYou may be still CELEBRATING for all we know!!!!!BY ... THE WAY.....talking about Tempranillo........I just had a semi sweet 85% TEMPRANILLO and 15%  CABERNET SAUVIGNON. It is a  2012 wine from Spain....DELICIOUS in every way.......all around!!!!CALLED EMBRUJO......it is a good little number indee Read More

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  • There is SOMETHING great about  25% TEMPRANILLO in this one!  VIVA SPAIN!  Who would have thought they would live to hear Amour say anything but.LONG LIVE FRANCE!!!!!FRANCE LIBERTY  EQUALITY  FRATERNITY!  Read More

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  • DM - Trump is moving fast on cutting back our freedoms.  The next march is ... ... Cantabria Crianza Rioja (Tempranillo) and it was decent.  Alas, that was not enough wine to get me through both the pear appetizer and the fillet, so I ordered another glass, this time the 2014 Chateau St. Michelle 'Indian Wells' Merlot from Columbia Valley, Wash... Read More

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  • Bodegas Palacio Tempranillo Blend Rioja Glorioso Gran Reserva 1982


    nose of red pepper and cherries; sweet and at the same time savoury. great! Read More

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  • El Pensador Tempranillo 2014


    Seemed a little light-bodied for a tempranillo, but nicely drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by hipwine

  • La Antigua Clasico Rioja Reserva 2006


    Dusty, earthy and smoky with a strong tendril of red fruit pushing out through the minerality, mostly strawberry and raspberry with some molasses and fresh spice. The palate continues the trend of dusty, meaty, earthy salinity warring with bright red fruit notes of strawberry, cranberry and cherry, finishing in a harmonious end that's even a bit... Read More

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  • Onx Wines Mad Crush Paso Robles 2014


    Smoky, red berry and red cherry aromas with a dash of heat and a pop of black pepper spice. Full and robust palate of ripe cherry, strawberry, raspberry and red licorice, this is a touch imbalanced at times but does demonstrate good ripe fruit and a bit of chocolate on the finish. Read More

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