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n. pl. Tem·pra·nil·los
1. A variety of grape grown originally in Spain and Portugal that is a principal ingredient of Rioja and port.
2. A red or white wine made from this grape.

[Spanish tempranillo, from Old Spanish, from diminutive of temprano, early (in reference to the grape's early ripening), from Vulgar Latin *temporānus, alteration of Latin temporāneus, timely, opportune : tempus, tempor-, time + -āneus, adj. suff.]
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Flying under the radar is the Toro region with its own local Tempranillo clone called Tinto de Toro, The wines of Toro, in particular Piedra Azul, deliver rich, smooth reds with outstanding backbone and length.
It specialises in tinto de toro, the local variation on the tempranillo grape - although its Quinta el Refugio Rosado has a handful of garnacha grapes in there, too.
The grape's Tinto de Toro, aka the tempranillo grape that makes Rioja so great.