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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  • Villacreces Ribera del Duero 2003


    Good structure, tannins are not overwhelming and well-balanced with the dark fruit. Outstanding value. Doesn't need any food. Read More

    Wine review by dista23

  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2001


    Very dry and crisp long clean finish. Excellent with roast vegetable soup. Read More

    Wine review by gentleolas

  • Viña Albali Valdepeñas Reserva 1998


    A meduim ruby hue. Horse saddle and hints of caramel and smokey oak greet the nose. Followed by a cherry, blueberry and cranberry medley with subtle stone friut blossom notes. The palate is greeted with a sweet ripe fruit burst right out of the gate balanced with good acidity providing some spine. Bordering on a full-bodied mouth-feel from well ... Read More

    Wine review by doon

  • Abadia Retuerta Tempranillo Blend Vino de la Tierra Castilla Y León Cuvée El Palomar 2005


    This Tempranillo/Cabernet blend is sensational, and I would argue the best Palomar yet. I'd like to suggest it's a better, more satisfying overall experience than the much more expensive Valdebellón, so therefore a far better value. It has a wonderful, sensual, suggestive, inviting nose of brambly forest fruit, macadamia nut, cream, raisins and ... Read More

    Wine review by ricard

  • Abadia Retuerta Tempranillo Blend Vino de la Tierra Castilla Y León Selección Especial 2006


    One of Spain's great values, made mostly out of Tempranillo, supported by smaller quantities of Cabernet and Merlot. Attractive nose of forest fruit and gentle, toasty spiciness. Not quite as good as the 2004 and 2005 it lacks the complexity of these previous vintages. But with its nice, plump berry fruit and restrained oak presence, it remains... Read More

    Wine review by ricard

  • Numanthia Termes 2004


    Made from 100% Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo) from pre-phylloxera ungrafted vines. Alcohol b.v. 14.5%.Frustratingly, this celebrated wine didn't match my expectations. I've had every vintage since 1998 and still consider Numanthia to be one of Spain's emblematic "new"; wines. It's highly regarded by the critics: you're looking at... Read More

    Wine review by ricard

  • Pago de Los Capellanes Tinto Joven 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Dionysus

  • Condes Carpallo Tempranillo 2004


    Earthy, old-world aromas. Red fruit taste with quite a full body. Probably have opened the bottle a little late - mid '08 rather than end of '07. Good length, robust, but not averse to being sipped alone. Probably best accompanying tapas. Read More

    Wine review by Jeremiah

  • Bodegas Corellanas Vina Rubican Tinto Tempranillo 2006


    Dry wine. Color: plum-violet, Aroma: red fruits, fume and lucrecia. Can be a good apertif and as most dry wines, ideal dor red meat, cheese etc., Robert Parker: 87 points Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak

  • Más Que Vinos Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Ercavio Roble 2005


    Dry wine. Fully Tempranillo. Fermentation is based on apples and milk. Color: Purple. Aroma: dark red fruits with cedr and herb elements. Robert Parker: 90Comes from a young winery from the La Mache region. Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak

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