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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  • Building a cellar isn’t always about laying down the most expensive wines ... RaffaultBernard Baudry4.) MenciaMany people have compared Spain’s Mencia grape to Cabernet Franc, and for the puroses of this discussion that comparison is pretty fair. I don’t find much similarity between the two grapes, except that there’s much to love in both! A lo... Read More

    From the article 5 Wines Worth Cellaring

  • Coca I Fitó Tolo Do Xisto Ribeira Sacra Mencia 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Zuf - Pax was making that wine but he's concentrating on his name brand ... ... I'm drinking a 2014 Mencia from Spain. Still a bit tannic, has a charcoal quality to it, not a fruit bomb at all, a nice drinking wine and we've gone through a few cases over the past yea Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...

  • Encanto Mencia Roble


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  • That sounds better than the more expensive Martinelli Syrah Hop Camp Vineyard ... opened up some discounted Mencia from Spain to go with our arroz con pollo last night and wife did not like it.  Too grapey.  Okay, even if it is made from grapes, a fair statement of what she doesn't like.  So we opened up a CVNE Reserva from 2011.  Safe bet tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Bodega Regina Viarum Regina Viarum Mencia 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Last night we fired up pimientos de padron and then had a roasted vegetable ... We polished off a bottle of Mencia from Bierzo that I bought at closeout for $5--really tasty, I will need to go get more--then we started on a Bonny Doon Clos du Gilroy granache.  Kind of a hot mess, once again I fail to be impressed by Randall Grahm.  We've got q... Read More

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  • I’d never heard of Godello until a few years ago but this Spanish white ... reds from the little known Mencia grape; like Godello they’re well worth searching out. For all my global anorak readers; for years it was rumoured that Mencia was related to Cabernet Franc, the classic red grape of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux but recent DNA tests sh... Read More

    From the article Godello Wines Have Arrived

  • Absolutely you said it, and I have rarely laughed so hard.Just got the email ... new CT entry for, and even a Mencia from Bierzo, nothing more than $18, lots of them waay less.  And I splurged for a CUNE Reserva.  All of which is what led to the SIWBM that didn't last.  But at least I resisted the CdR...of course, those get offered at next to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Ladera Sagrada a Portela 2013


    Good, but a with a watery pinot style of body this was full of diluted red fruit, pepper and spice. 82 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

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