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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  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004

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    Minty head..... smooth drinkability and cherry finish. But paid 15$ for the bottle, not sure how it prices out at 8$ on Snooth? Read More

    Wine review by annabee


  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva 2005

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    scent color are beautiful. Going down the wine is a bit 'burney'.... Read More

    Wine review by annabee


  • Tapena Garnacha 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by hipwine


  • Woodbridge Merlot 2006

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    Not very interesting wine but quite drinkable. The smell of alcohol is the only thing that I can smell in its bouquet. I think it's quite flat in taste, with black-currant being it's main flavour. Medium bodied and has a sufficient finish. Again, not an outstanding wine, very average, drinkable and I think it's a nice every day wine because of i... Read More

    Wine review by davidmg


  • Albali Arium 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by seathistle


  • Coral Mustang Tempranillo Paso Robles Rosé Vista Creek 2005

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    Inky dark again on this vintage, deep at the core, with a nose that is restrained and more charcoally, Lush in the mouth with a softness that hides deep tannins and a medium acidity. Pencil lead notes and minerals remind me of Bordeaux with a tightness that needs a couple of hours to give up it's secrets. Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Coral Mustang Tempranillo Paso Robles Rosé Vista Creek 2004

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    Inky deep red color to this wine with glints of blackish night. The nose is intense with some charcoal, wood and deep fruit notes, yet it seems to retain a nice crisp freshness with blueberry and blackberry qualities. Full in the mouth this is a serious wine with some heavey rich tannins that are in need of air. Huge copius amounts of dark fruit... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Coral Mustang Tempranillo Paso Robles Rosé Vista Creek 2006

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    Nice rich red, light enough to be rose, but pure in color. Watermelon nose, really pure, and light, if not delicate. Like a watermelon jolly rancher in someways this wine is candy like and well constructed. Zesty acidity leaves the mouth crisply and overall a great treat. Have this with some butter roasted chicken to really fall in love with it. Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Coral Mustang Tempranillo Paso Robles Rosé Vista Creek 2005

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    Pale but nice red, with a nose that is sour not in a bad way but rather a cranberry way! A bit of light cream comes in for an austere nose that once in the mouth screams TCA :-( Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Four Vines Tempranillo Blend Paso Robles Loco 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by tAFW


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