Common synonyms: Cabernet, Jaen (Portugal), Loureiro tinto, Médoc, Mencía pajaral, Mencía pequeña, Negra, Negro

Parentage of the grape: As the list of synonyms indicates, it was thought for a long time that Mencia was related to Cabernet Franc. However, it was proven in 2003 that this is not the case.

History of the grape: Mencia is native to northwestern Spain and was once thought to be a clone of Cabernet Franc that was brought there  by pilgrims traveling along the Camino de Santiago. This is not the case. Perhaps its roots are really in Portugal, where it is known as Jaen.

Characteristics of the grape: red and dark berry fruit, occasional vegetal character, can be savory, with good acidity and tannin.

Regions where the grape currently is important: Ribeira Sacra, Bierzo, and Valdeorras

Type or types of wines the grape produces: The Mencias of Ribeira Sacra are lighter, brighter, fresher, and often more mineral-driven. The grape thrives on the steep Read more »

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  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Castilla y León

    This region is located north-northwest of Madrid. Its terrain is a combination of flat, open pl...

  • Valdeorras

  • Rías Baixas

      This region lies along the Atlantic coastline in Galicia, in the northwest part of Spain. ...

  • Raul

  • Bierzo

      This region is in the northwest of Spain, in the Castilla y Leon province near Galicia. It...

  • Galicia

    Located on the northwest corner of Spain, Galicia is just under Portugal, along the Atlantic Oc...

  • Monterrei

  • Ribeira Sacra

    Wines made from Mencia grape. The origins of the grape are not clear. While there seems to be a...

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  • Bodegas Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

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  • Marqués de Griñon

    The Marqués de Griñon estate, in the family since 1292, was the first in Spain to be granted its ...

  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

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Mencia on Snooth

  • Bodegas Peique Mencía Bierzo Tinto 2009


    The color on this wine is a deep ruby, somewhat darker than I expected. At first blush, the wine had a distinct nose of "Frankenberry" but as I let it open up a bit, the fruit subsided and a lovely combination of leather, spice, tobacco and espresso made themselves known. The taste was rather surprising, as I was expecting a rush of fruit at t... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Losada Vinos de Finca Bierzo El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2011


    First impression is that this is fairly tannic with loads of dark fruit, plum, blackberry and leather. Decent acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Telmo Rodriguez Mencia Valdeorras Gaba Do Xil 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by foresty

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  • I'm a fairly new "snoother" if that term is correct and just beginning to learn more about wine. I've been reading and researching wines for about a year and a half now, but recently have been trying a variety of wine (I turned 21 last March.) I drink exclusively red wines and my favorite come from California, particularly Napa, and Spain. I lov... Read More

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  • Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2009


    Whoa. Smooth, great fruit, richness - Great value at $8 Read More

    Wine review by rstev3

  • Telmo Rodríguez Mencía Valdeorras Gaba Do Xil 2007


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    Wine review by clarioss

  • Le Lombard Aigle Blanc Vin Blanc Vaudois Cave du Prieuré-Domaine Ph. Tille le Lombard Aigle Blanc Cave du Prieuré 2010


    A blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz A bit sweet on the nose and showing a bit of reduction underneath the herb, briar flecked blackberry fruit, and dry soil aromas. Air cleans things up nicely revealing some blueberry fruit and a little brushy, dried herb, chaparral-like tone. Thi is super fresh in the mouth and packed with berry fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bodegas Triton Mencia Tridente 2010


    Earthy, smooth finish dry nice legs Vietro north Spanish wine- Castilla and Leon Read More

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  • Vinos de Arganza Flavium Premium Mencia Bierzo 2008


    Not sure about the vintage. Lightly sour-sweet and smoky aroma. Flavor is very tannic - wood, a little chili, green vegetables. My first time trying this grape so it was a little unusual, but not too exciting. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • tastes like a cool climate Mourvedre

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