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Country of Origin: Spain
Region of Origin: Rioja
Typical Product: Red
Structure: Medium
Climate: Cool to Warm
Soil Type: Clay/Chaulk/Limestone
Serving Temp: 57 - 61F
Ageability: 3 to 6
Blends: Rioja
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Other Names*: Tinta Roriz

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Tempranillo is certainly one of the up and comers in the US wine world but it's been in Spain as long as any one can remember and is the key wine grape in its two most famous blends, Rioja and Ribero del Duero.  Tempranillo is also one of the most common blending grapes in Port in several regions of Portugal where it goes by the name of Tinta Roriz. 

Tempranillo is another one of the Varietals whose origins are shrouded in antiquity.  No facts are known but the most commonly hypothesis is that it shares an early ancestor with Pinot Noir.  However, until Genetic mapping provides concrete facts as to its origins, we'll have to make do with unproven speculation.  While its history is unknown, its progress to the US is well documented with plantings in the US started in California over 100 years ago.  It's only recently that Tempranillo has started to gain notoriety as a Varietal worthy of attention in the US instead of just a blending grape

Tempranillo fruit is quite dark in color, which can lead to some misconceptions about its structure.  Tempranillo is a medium bodied wine with more in common with Pinot Noir rather than other dark skinned grapes like Syrah.  Aging in oak compliments its spicy character particularly well.  It is one of the Varietals that benefits from the stronger Vanilla flavors imparted by American Oak.

Tempranillo's growing season is relatively short.  It buds late and ripens early ' hence its name, a derivative from the Spanish word Temprano meaning early.  It's a relatively easy Varietal to get average to above average fruit but to get exceptional fruit; it needs warmth in the day but cooler evenings to create the acidity needed for an exceptional wine. 

Most wine experts agree that as Americans expand their horizons and venture out from the traditional 'safe' French Varietals, interest in Tempranillo will increase.

* used in California

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Name Vintage Year Price Tasting Comments
Idle Hour Winery
 
2014  $32.00  Winemaker's Reserve 
Deaver Vineyards
 
2007  $25.00   
Cru Winery
 
2010  $23.00  Mariposa 
Fenestra Winery
 
2009  $22.50   
Fenestra Winery
 
2008  $36.00   
Bray Vineyards
 
2008  $22.00  New Release 
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