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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  • Tilenus Bierzo Crianza 2003

    Snoothrank:

    A delicious, medium-bodied wine from the Mencia grape, virtually unknown outside this region. Nice black fruit and well-integrarted acids, a really lovely effort from 60-80 year old vines grown way up high. This was a hot year but the wine is not too sweet or overdone. Read More

    Wine review by WineFlair


  • Flavium Bierzo Crianza 2005

    Snoothrank:

    This is a lovely little wine with ripe fruit scents that waft from the glass, uncomplicated but fresh and pure. The palate is soft and enveloping with sweet red fruit tones, good acids and just enough tannin to give this some weight in the mouth. While this veers off into fruit bomb territory it's such a small fruit bomb that you can't help but ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • La Mano Mencia Robles 2007

    Snoothrank:

    Cherry Red, Earthy with a distinct finish. Some tartness, med tannins. Good for the price. Read More

    Wine review by basilwino


  • Ribeira Sacra Guímaro 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Juanfifi


  • Dominio de Tares Bierzo P3 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by rzakharov


  • Dominio de Tares Mencía Bierzo 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Dominio de Tares Mencía Bierzo 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Dominio de Tares Bierzo Baltos 2005

    Snoothrank:

    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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    No written review

    Wine review by basilwino


  • Pétalos del Bièrzo 2007

    Snoothrank:

    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


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