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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  • Baigorri de Garage 2003

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    Beautiful color to this wine, with a nose that screams "decant me!"...With about a half hour of air this wine really opens nice with raspberry and light oak notes, but in the end this holds some rustic musty values close to it's core. In the mouth this is a succulent wine with some great raspberry/cherry notes, and lots of cinnamon spice. Bit li... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Baigorri Reserva 2004

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    Incredibly dark, ruby red in color in with an aromatic and floral nose showing rich red roses, bright dark cherries and just a touch of tanned leather. Really a lovely, dense and layered nose that is not mimicked in the same way on the palate. Although lovely in texture, with smooth fine tannins and great acidity, flavors are more demure showing... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Bai Gorri Maceracioc Carbonica 2007

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    Dark and clean mulberry red in color with a medium cherry rim. Big aromatic nose with lush dark berry aromas wrapped in a fresh notes of clove and red rose. Beware as this wine shows a definite bite in the mouth, like chewing on a raw black peppers. This slowly chills to show more mineral and slate notes with a nice lingering mulberry and stewed... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Baigorri Reserva 2004

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    Darker color to this reserva and a nose that makes me think I'm in bordeaux with a spanish mistress. Pencil lead, and anise spice with an undercurrent of dark fruit. Really bold and walking with a foot in today and a foot in the yesterday. Lush in the mouth at first I feel like I'm old spain with rusitc flavors and yet as I swallow a bright note... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Bai Gorri Maceracioc Carbonica 2007

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    Bright red color on this wine with a nose that fresh and alive. Really enjoy it when a wine opens like this right away with some complexity. Sour cherry with a bit of funk, and a lightly stewed quality. In the mouth that freshness carries through with a great big acidty. Light acridness on the finish combines with a ton of minerals, while the fr... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Rosafino 2007

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    This is a Great new wine. Very innovative. Using "Flor" ripening process for the first time ever to create a Rosé with s Bite! Read More

    Wine review by El Toro


  • Barnwood Tempranillo 'Untamed' 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by gtmossy


  • Red Guitar Navarro Tempranillo Garnacha 2005

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    I really like this wine. It may be one of my favorites. Read More

    Wine review by mlwoodward


  • Carro Mourvedre Blend Yecla Tinto 2006

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    Katie M brought this to dinner - really simple, fabulous and easy to drink. Definitely worth the $9.99 price tag. Read More

    Wine review by LCLindley


  • Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004

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    Wine review by ecord


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