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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  • Gaba Do Xil Mencia 2006

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    An excellent wine. For those who think they know all about red wine flavors and ... ... but have never tried the mencia grape, I recommend this fine wine. A truly different grape that is wonderful to drink and cannot be compared to the usual suspects of sirah, cabernet, merlot, grenache etc etc. To be savoured on its own or with a zesty plate o... Read More

    Wine review by Emrayfo


  • Martín Códax Bierzo Cuatro Pasos 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jasonkauf


  • Pétalos del Bièrzo 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by dawongguy


  • Terras Gauda Pitticum 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by shoogyboom


  • Terras Gauda Pitticum 2003

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    I tried the 2006 vintage. 100% mencia, fresh, good acidity, good fruit, dark plum color. Read More

    Wine review by shoogyboom


  • Vinos de Arganza Bierzo la Mano Mencía Roble 2006

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    crispy Read More

    Wine review by ylyada


  • Flavium Bierzo Crianza 2005

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    2005 Flavium Crianza Bierzo Nose: my nose isnt in top form today. Hector claims cherries, but I think its a darker fruit, Palette: oak (makes sense with the Crianza appellation), a dry wine (via nose test), heavier than the Chianti, but not as velvety as the Givry, medium-bodied, Finish: a little spicy, but not as much the Garnacha (yet notice... Read More

    Wine review by lamarr


  • Mencía Bierzo Abad Dom Bueno 2005

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    Aromatic nose of dusty black fruit like black cherry, blackberry, minerals, and ... on the finish.Ranked #2 in Mencia's in the NY Times in the middle of March 2009- a great value! Read More

    Wine review by Jcardinell


  • Martín Códax Bierzo Cuatro Pasos 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by wkmont


  • Martín Códax Bierzo Cuatro Pasos 2006

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    Nice bouquet of fresh berries. Tastes are of bright fruits. Really low oak. Suitable for casual fare. Read More

    Wine review by winolee


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