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 2008 B Crux is composed of 60% Tempranillo, 30% Malbec, and 10% Merlot aged for 12 months in 50% new French and American oak and bottled without filtration. Expressive aromas of wood smoke, violets, mineral, black cherry,... Read More
Even better is the 2010 Ca de Calle Reserva that is composed of 70% Malbec, 16% Tempranillo, with the balance Syrah and Petit Verdot. It displays more obvious oak than the 2009 as well as a bit more structure and complexity. Spicy,... Read More