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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  • 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

  • Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla Premium Mencia 2012


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    Wine review by gntop1

  • "Pinotage despite the name and heritage  is NOTHING like Pinot ... ... about what to open tonight, Mencia was my first thought but this thread reminded me of some Barbera that needs to be disposed of, so that's what I'm off to.&nbs Read More

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  • Alvaro Castro Dac Tinto 2013


    Black pepper. Silky. Read More

    Wine review by solargecko

  • 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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  • tastes like a cool climate Mourvedre

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