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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  • 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

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  • Pétalos del Bièrzo 2007


    Fragrant aromas of cola, blue and black fruit (black cherries, blueberries, plums), oak, and vanilla. Blueberry and plum flavors join harmoniously with notes of earth, oak, and violets on the finish. Well-structured and balanced wine with nice acidity that paired well with steak. Read More

    Wine review by ftezen

  • Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2012


    A great sweet wine! Read More

    Wine review by heathe9677

  • Pittacum Mencía Bierzo 2003


    Deep purple depth with garnet highlights. Burnt raisin and jammy bright red berry. My favorit Bierzo yet. Read More

    Wine review by ibex

  • Flavium Bierzo Crianza 2005


    This is an excellent $10 bottle of wine. It completely surprised me how smooth it finished, I frequently buy cheaper wine so I usually expect the bitter drawn out after taste. Definitely worth a try if money is an issue!! Read More

    Wine review by phluf

  • Flavium Bierzo Crianza 2005


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    Wine review by bwated

  • Cabildo de Salas 2007


    Surprising good Bierzo wines a very well balanced palate and a memorable finish Read More

    Wine review by Vinazos

  • Cabildo de Salas 2007


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    Wine review by Vinazos

  • Gaba Do Xil Mencia 2006


    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

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