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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  • Casa Rondena 1629 2010


    Wow, a delight from local Winery. Opens with loads of ripe Plum, Caramel, and Vanilla; then more Cinnamon and Plum; finally Blueberry, Plum, and baking Spices.Most of these carry over to the palate in a very smooth, well balanced Tannins & Acidity. Continues to open more in the glass with notes of Cherry and Oak. Very satisfying and much better ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Noche En Blanco Rioja 2012


    Had this again yesterday (2.23.2016) and would bump this rating up from 2.5 to 4. Opens with Prune and ripe Plum, then a bit of Strawberry and Thyme, finishing up with Cherry and Hibiscus. Nice long finish of Vanilla, Oak, and Plum, A good every day'er. Read More

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  • Bodegas J.C. Conde Ribera del Duero El Arte de Vivir 2007


    good price value Read More

    Wine review by Dpupo

  • Ribera del Duero Valduero Crianza Do 2010


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  • 5 Vinas Tempranillo 2009


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  • Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva 2009


    Earth, forest floor and deep rich black fruit on the nose with notes of chocolate and a hint of tobacco leaf. Nicely soft in the mouth, this is perfectly balanced with nice red currant and ripe cherry freshness showing on top of zesty acidity and a creamy texture. Finishes light with lovely spice. Read More

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  • Did someone mention shellfish?  Today was a real treat, as I started off ... a 2012 Vina Bujanda Crianza Tempranillo red from Rioja.  Their menu said they had a 2010 bottle but they brought out a 2012; I asked to see the wine steward about the discrepancy but I accepted the later bottle with his promise to update their wine list.  The wine was... Read More

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  • It's interesting, Jon, that Ruby Cabernet seems to be grown a lot in BC. ... (blended with Grenache and Tempranillo) and.Casa Pedro Domecq Reserva Real (blended with Barbera Read More

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  • Just thought I'd add a little something to the "wine I would not drink ... ... food. While tasting some Tempranillo at Inwood Estate Vineyards, I inquired about the fruit. I was blown away by the answer to the question of where the fruit comes from. I was told that almost all the wineries get their fruit, other than what's grown there, is sourc... Read More

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  • MEXICO!Pavo Real Wines are cultivated in Valle De Guadalupe, Baja, Mexico. A plentiful and exceptional Viticulture region, wines have been cultivated in Mexico since the Spanish first arrived in the 16th century. Until now, these wines have been enjoyed within the Mexican borders. Blended by MS Ian Cauble and Imported Directly into the United St... Read More

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