Mencia is often compared to Cabernet Franc and frankly, besides some general resemblances, I don’t really see why. Yes, the wines are both medium-bodied, perhaps lowish in alcohol and red-fruited, but the resemblance ends there.
In fact, Mencia shouldn’t even be included here, but it’s one of the hot grapes of the moment and I do like it, so what the hell. It’s not herbal, or really savory even, being rather more earthy and spicy. In fact, I would venture to say that Mencia might just be the quintessential minerally red wine, so look forward to an article about minerally red wines soon since they are among my favorite and I’ve overlooked them as a category here.
So take this as a sign that the more we explore, the more we learn how little we know, myself included. I’m going to leave Mencia in here, but it’s not going to satisfy your herbal/savory cravings, For that I would have been better off using cool vintage Oregon Pinots here, but that’s getting into another level of specificity! For that you might consider turning to…
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