Mencia

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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Popular Regions for Mencia View all

  • Valdeorras

  • Spain

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  • Monterrei

  • 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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  • Bodegas Valdesil

    The dream of a visionary winegrower has come to fruition, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm...

  • Adegas Dia-Noite

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  • Raimat

    We like what we make, wines with character. That's why we have continued to do so since 1914. And...

  • Marqués de Griñon

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • Numanthia

    The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthi...

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Mencia on Snooth

  • Losada Bierzo 2009

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    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

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    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

    From the article 5 Fabulous Roses


  • Armas de Guerra Rosado Bierzo Mencia Rose Spain 2013

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    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


  • Vinos de Arganza Flavium Premium Mencia Bierzo 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Vinos de Arganza Flavium Premium Mencia Bierzo 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Bodegas Peique Mencía Bierzo Tinto 2009

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    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

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    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


  • tastes like a cool climate Mourvedre

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