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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  • Unless you bought them with aging potential in mind, a fair few of your 2013 ... ... transitional wines is Mencia, which is a grape variety found in northwestern Spain in the region of Galicia. A great value sub-region that I have discovered recently is the DO wine region of Monterrei, which makes slightly earthy, moderate bodied wines with f... Read More

    From the article Summer Fall Transition Wines Under $20

  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... ... as more Syrah, Garnacha, Mencia, Nebbiolo and oddly, Mourvedre, and then the odd Harslevelu and Trepat.What was unusual, at least for me since I didn't know much was grown in the US, was California Lagrein, Nebbiolo and Trousseau. I heartily applaud those efforts. The Lagre... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2009


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Bierzo Do Altos de Losada 2006


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    Wine review by mumkin

  • Like many foodies, I adore oysters on the half shell. One of my first jobs ... the Caino, Espadeiro, and Mencia red wine grapes from Rias Baixes, a region known for Albariño. Only 1% of the wines made in Rias Baixes are red. Adega Pedralonga, Tinto DoUmia 2011 is a great bottle.A non-alcoholic option would be Pu’Erh tea, a fermented tea from Ch... Read More

    From the article Nonconformist Oyster & Wine Pairings

  • Bodegas Peique Bierzo Seleccion Familiar 2006


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Bodegas Estefanía Bierzo Tilenus Crianza 2010


    Pretty nice Spanish red with some red and black cherry, a hint of licorice, a touch of white pepper and a good bite of acidity. Not overly complex with a short to medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • 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

  • tastes like a cool climate Mourvedre

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