The Tempranillo grape is primarily planted in Spain. Tempranillo is the primary grape of the most famous area of Spain, Rioja. In many Rioja wines Tempranillo is blended with Grenache and other grapes. There are some newer regions (newer in terms of export to the U.S.) where other clones of Tempranillo stand on their own and produce some stunning wines. One such are is Toro, where the Tempranillo clone is called Tinto de Toro. There are some very old vines in this region that produce some very concentrated and highly rated wines. There are some plantings of Tempranillo in Argentina where they have had some success with Tempranillo wines. Tempranillo is also used in Portugal, where it is called Tinta Roriz, as a minor grape in ports. Wherever they are from you should buy Tempranillo and Rioja wines at the Ultimate Wine Shop.
The 2007 Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 5% each of Graciano and Mazuelo that is aged in American and French oak for at least 15 months. It has a generous nose of red cherries, over-ripe oranges and Indian ink that is... Read More
They didn’t make a Reserva in 2008 (they only produced a small quantity of Gran Reserva) so the current vintage is the 2007 Reserva, from a cold and late vintage which was produced with selected grapes from vineyards averaging... Read More
The 2007 Reserva is virtually 100% Tempranillo from 30- to 40-year-old vines and it is raised for 25 months in American oak. It has a well-defined mulberry, cocoa and mint-scented bouquet that unfurls temptingly in the glass.... Read More