Tempranillo (also known as Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, Tinto del Pais and several other synonyms) is a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish temprano ("early"), a reference to the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. Tempranillo has been grown on the Iberian Peninsula since the time of Phoenician settlements. It is the main grape used in Rioja, and is often referred to as Spain's noble grape.
Posts about Tempranillo
    • Secret Winery in Carneros, Truchard Vineyards

      The wine cave at Truchard Vineyards built into the Carneros Vineyard Secret Winery in Carneros, Truchard Vineyards Why is Truchard Vineyards a secret winery in Carneros? The Truchard winery is off the beaten path located on Old Sonoma Road. Most travelers have no reason to venture along this backroad that leads from the Carneros Highway into the town of Napa.

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    • Battle of the Texas Tempranillos

      It seems a Battle of Texas wines is a regular event now at Texas Wine Lover. Last year we had the Battle of the Texas Roussannes. Since we had previously done two white wines, it was now time for a red wine. Tempranillo is arguably the signature red wine of Texas, so it was only fitting that the next battle be the Battle of the Texas Tempranillos.

      Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 2 readers -
    • 12 wines for International Tempranillo Day

      These 12 wines show tempranillo in many of its 21st century styles. There’s classic tempranillo from the Rioja region of Spain; post-modern Spanish tempranillo; regional tempranillo from Texas and Colorado; a highly-regarded Oregon label; and even one from Argentina. Tempranillo for years languished in wine’s outer orbit, though that banishment had little to do with quality.

      The Wine Curmudgeon- 3 readers -
  • The Other Bordeaux Variety for Thanksgiving

    … Many people drink what they like all the time while some people do not mind experimenting. For those that like Bordeaux reds, have you tried a Carmenére? There is very little of this varietal grape now planted in France, however this Bordeaux variety thrives in Chile. We received a 2011 Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenére Apalata Vineyard and wanted…

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  • Homage to Catalonia

    I was invited to attend a tasting of mostly Catalan wines yesterday. They were an interesting bunch. When not made in a jammy, extracted, oaky style the wines can be fantastic with genuine personality. Raventós i Blanc Xarel.lo Silencis 2013 Unfiltered and therefore hazy. Leesy and citric aromas bring life to the neutral fruit.

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  • Let the gems begin

    Wine review at VINTAGES of Norman Hardie Chardonnay County Unfiltered 2012 by Godello If the premature lashing of cold, snow and ice weren’t enough to get you thinking about holiday shopping, get thee to Liquor Control Board on Ontario store on the weekend. Same time, every year. The LCBO stocks the shelves, isles and pyramid displays with more booze than anyone should ever b ...

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  • Leading Idaho wine out of the wilderness

    … in Caldwell, Idaho. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) But today, the Snake River Valley is in an exploratory phase – one that started more than 15 years ago. In addition to Riesling and Chardonnay, such grape varieties as Syrah, Malbec, Tempranillo, Grenache, Viognier, Pinot Gris and Petite Sirah are grown. Rhône varieties seem to be shaking out…

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  • If You Don’t Know…Now You Know! 6 Santa Barbara Winemakers to Watch

    Perhaps the most exciting thing about following Santa Barbara wine is watching good people and their labels develop before your eyes. There are always new folks to meet and new wines to get to know. In my first post on this new blog, I thought it would be fun to profile a few folks that are somewhat new to this forum.

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  • Rioja Review: 2008 Rioja Bordon and 1998 Vina Albina

    … When it comes to upscale wines, Rioja is a category that is often overlooked. But these Spanish wines, primarily Tempranillo with a smattering of other Spanish regional grapes, like Mazuelo and Graciano, thrown in, can often be aged for a decade or more, particularly at the Reserva level or higher. Today we look at a 2008 Reserva and a 1998…

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  • Pontotoc Vineyard

    … the uncorked bottles and we enjoyed the wines in addition to the conversation. Pontotoc Vineyard only does vintage wines and the first wine tasted was the 2013 Estate Tempranillo which is 100% Tempranillo. Carl decided to enter this wine in our Battle of the Texas Tempranillos and the wine was rated 5th best out of 28 Texas Tempranillos. The next wine…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Loverin Syrah Malbec- 2 readers -
  • Pleasures of the #GrapeDay – Delicious Tempranillo

    …. The palate is just “wow” – multiple layers of fruit, touch of espresso, firm, dense, perfectly present, youthful, fresh, excellent acidity and overall very balanced. I’m glad I have another bottle – but it will have to wait for a while. Drinkability: 8+ There you have it, my friends – another successful grape holiday. How was your #TempranilloDay…

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  • scandal wine recap: last supper, best wine

    …. This dude may be a cold-blooded assassin but we can’t completely despise as man who both loves wine and can find a way to use it as a weapon of emotional manipulation. grapefriend wine recommendation: Well obviously, a Rioja! Rioja is a region in Spain where they make red wine from the Tempranillo grape, which produces bold and spicy wines. You…

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