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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  • Dominio de Tares Mencía Bierzo 2001


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    Wine review by anchca

  • Dominio de Tares Bierzo Baltos 2005


    A very nice introduction to the 100% Mencia group. This one will make you want to try a few more of this varietal. Read More

    Wine review by basilwino

  • Dominio de Tares Bierzo Baltos 2005


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    Wine review by basilwino

  • Pétalos del Bièrzo 2007


    Blueberry and grapes on the nose. A very clean, pure, and unaltered wine with bright cherry and baked blueberry pie flavors. Very nice and approachable with light tannins and a summery feel. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Flavium Bierzo Crianza 2005


    This is a very nice Spanish wine with a nice bit of spice to it. It's perfect for what I bring for a "picnic wine" or other outdoor gathering events. It's simple, drinkable, and seems to please everyone. Read More

    Wine review by RachelAnna

  • My husband and I have put ourselves on a budget (considering the state of the economy) and are trying to only buy wines for $13 and under. Anyone out there have a favorite that fits that price in mind? Read More

    Forum post in the topic What is your favorite wine...

  • Barbera d'Asti DOC la Luna E I Falò 2006


    Mencia eh? First time trying this grape and it is worth trying again. Light plum and licorice with a hint of tobacco and earth. Nicely balanced with a pleasant mouth feel and an okay finish. Bit tannic and rusty but good for the $13 (on sale from $17.99 at BC liquor stores). Read More

    Wine review by veeownyeah

  • Vinos de Arganza la Mano Mencia 2007


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    Wine review by lawnsea

  • Bodegas Estefanía Bierzo Tilenus Crianza 2004


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    Wine review by Dave1979

  • I thought I already posted this last night, but I don't see my previous post. So if this is a duplicate just ignore the other one.My name's Xander, I'll be a grad student at Eastman school of music next year for composition. Wine is a very new hobby for me, and I'm quite interesting in tasting as many different types as I can. The problems I f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Grad student new to Snooth

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