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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  • Bodegas Peique Mencía Bierzo Tinto 2009

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    The color on this wine is a deep ruby, somewhat darker than I expected. At first blush, the wine had a distinct nose of "Frankenberry" but as I let it open up a bit, the fruit subsided and a lovely combination of leather, spice, tobacco and espresso made themselves known. The taste was rather surprising, as I was expecting a rush of fruit at t... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Losada Vinos de Finca Bierzo El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2011

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    First impression is that this is fairly tannic with loads of dark fruit, plum, blackberry and leather. Decent acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Telmo Rodriguez Mencia Valdeorras Gaba Do Xil 2010

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    Wine review by foresty


  • You beat me to it, Mr. T.  I agree there's a link, but I also think ... offer, besides garnacha (and Mencia and Graciano and Monastrell.. Read More

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  • I'm a fairly new "snoother" if that term is correct and just beginning to learn more about wine. I've been reading and researching wines for about a year and a half now, but recently have been trying a variety of wine (I turned 21 last March.) I drink exclusively red wines and my favorite come from California, particularly Napa, and Spain. I lov... Read More

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  • Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2009

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    Whoa. Smooth, great fruit, richness - Great value at $8 Read More

    Wine review by rstev3


  • Telmo Rodríguez Mencía Valdeorras Gaba Do Xil 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by clarioss


  • Descendientes de J. Palacios Corullón 2010

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    A blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz A bit sweet on the nose and showing a bit of reduction underneath the herb, briar flecked blackberry fruit, and dry soil aromas. Air cleans things up nicely revealing some blueberry fruit and a little brushy, dried herb, chaparral-like tone. Thi is super fresh in the mouth and packed with berry fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodegas Triton Mencia Tridente 2010

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    Earthy, smooth finish dry nice legs Vietro north Spanish wine- Castilla and Leon Read More

    Wine review by winelovingal


  • Bodegas Raul Perez Vico Mencia 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Nickrueter


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