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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  • El Coto Crianza DOC 2003


    a decent, reliable rioja Read More

    Wine review by ptkx83

  • Inspiracion Valdemar-Wein-Spanien-Rioja-Tempranillo-Rot-Trocken 2003


    Plump, juicy aromas of fruit. Well balanced and mild as a Tempranillo should be. The oak shows more over time but at first it was understated. Tastes like a lightly tart blackberry jam. Short mellow finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Berberana Vina Alarde Gran Reserva 1999


    No written review

    Wine review by topstair

  • Bodegas Berberana Tempranillo Rioja Dragon 2000


    No written review

    Wine review by topstair

  • Osborne Tempranillo Blend Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Y León Solaz 2005


    The blend, at least in this vintage, is 65% merlot and 35% tempranillo. The former actually does a nice job of rounding out and softening the latter. It's great with anything coming off the grill. Avoid decanting, or even letting too much air get at it, as it turns tinny (or, really, tastes more of iron than of tin), but at the $5.99 I paid in D... Read More

    Wine review by gr

  • Mano a Mano la Mancha 2005


    Inky purple in color with an interesting fresh nose. I little discombobulated in the flavor however. Fruit, spice and oak on the palate. A good effort for the price but I wasn't crazy about it. Agent Blush found it easy to drink being light, casual and refreshing and recommends it as a good bottle to crack for a summer BBQ. Read More

    Wine review by Agent White

  • Salceda Viña Salceda Crianza 2001


    For those with a love for Rioja, the Viña Salceda Reserva offered a very complex bouquet consisting of complementary parts. The fruit bomb aspects of plum, blackberry, brown sugar, and violets were tempered by bitter chocolate, fig, toast, spice, graphite, and, as a bonus for us caffeine freaks, soft coffee bean.A big smelling wine, but far from... Read More

    Wine review by Grape Juice

  • Arbanta Rioja 2005


    The Arbanta Rioja 2005 is a delicious, organically grown, easy-to-drink, all-Tempranillo wine. Finding the vintage is a challenge -- it's on the back of the bottle, in tiny type on the lower right corner of the Rioja certification label. But once you've done that, rest assured that this $10 drinker will reward you with mild tannins and a nose an... Read More

    Wine review by winecanine

  • Viñas del Vero Red Blend Somontano Gran Vos Reserva 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Bodegas Ada Navarra Red Guitar Tempranillo-Garnacha 2005


    Very pleasant, rich, full wine with good fruit. Very good value for the price and a great every day red. Read More

    Wine review by CJA

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