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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  • Valdeorras

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  • Spain

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  • Castilla y León

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

  • 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...

  • Rías Baixas

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

  • 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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Mencia on Snooth

  • Luzdivina Amigo Bierzo Vinademoya Mencia 2005


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    Wine review by ozongeneratorer

  • La Mano Mencia 2011


    Red fruits. Medium weight. A little on the acidic side. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Losada Bierzo 2009


    The cool climate red here is full of blueberry and cherry on the nose notwithstanding comparisons with Pinot Noir; on entry the mouth feel is soft, satin and well-balanced with medium tannin. Very elegant with a solid medium finish, this wine is a good bargain. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Casar de Burbia Mencia 2010


    Flavorful, tart, and fruit-forward, with some notable tannins as well. I could taste cranberry and a little sea salt. Nothing is out of place here. It would stand up to a hearty meal, but it is good on its own too. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • We continue our ongoing interview series with the friends of Snooth today by ... a grape I had not yet tried, Mencia. I've reviewed something like 170 different varieties at The Reverse Wine Snob and I've only scratched the surface of what's out there and that's awesome. White: 2012 puklavec & friends Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio This one is... Read More

    From the article Getting to know: Jon Thorsen

  • With rose season in full swing I’m a little surprised at the paucity of ... ... de Guerra Rosado Bierzo Mencia Rose Spain 13% $13 Fruity on the nose and in fact peachy with subtle licorice spice and tea notes emerging with air along with a slightly tarry mineral base note. A little sweet on the palate, but with plenty of acidity to keep this ... Read More

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  • Armas de Guerra Rosado Bierzo Mencia Rose Spain 2013


    Fruity on the nose and in fact peachy with subtle licorice spice and tea notes emerging with air along with a slightly tarry mineral base note. A little sweet on the palate, but with plenty of acidity to keep this fresh and bright. Not terribly fruit, though the subtle raspberry flavors are attractive and gain intensity in the mouth along with a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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


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    Wine review by foresty

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