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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  • Santo Tomas Tempranillo 2008

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    very nice and balanced wine. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... ... in origin: Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Tannat. White stand-outs include Roussanne, Vermentino, Viognier, and Blanc du Bois. Rosé is gaining ground, not only for the quality of production, but because of its versatile appeal in our warm climate. A few years ... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California


  • ...she's not as much of a Syrah fan as I.It would be hard to find anyone ... a decent beam of acidity for Tempranillo.  Second night was Luzmillar from Lleiroso.  New to me.  Very similar.  I'd forgotten how much I like RdD, especially when it's priced well enough for a weeknight wine.&nbs Read More

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  • Mustiguillo Bobal Mestizaje 2014

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    Zesty and fresh this shows dark currant, blackberry juicy acidity that combines with spice notes to lead to that zesty finish. Wonderful - drink now - 89 ots - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Mustiguillo Bobal Mestizaje 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by shaldane


  • DM - They are hard-core Christians.  They spend most of Sunday in church ... a glass of Rioja Reserva (Tempranillo) for me and Sandra had a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa (Freemark Abbey).  Her wine was exceptional and just the sort of cab we love from Nap Read More

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  • Leza Garcia Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Bodegas Y Vinedos Pintia 2011

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    Wine review by cluvino


  • Beronia Rioja Reserva 2011

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    Vanilla cream and strawberry preserves on the nose with a chocolate mousse note and violets. A bit drier on the palate with dark chocolate and black currant notes, strong and firm flavors with medium tannin and a smoky earthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • This afternoon we enjoyed a performance at the Phillips Museum in the district ... the game.I selected a nice Tempranillo wine from the Ebro River region.  It was about $70 and after about 15 minutes in the decanter it definitely improved - and yes, it was nice to begin with.  Several dishes were consumed, including the gin & tonic oysters on ... Read More

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