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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  • Telmo Rodriguez Gabo Do Xil Valdeorras Mencia 2006


    A producer that all should be familiar with; seldom offering a disappointing wine. This 100% Mencia has an excellent nose, balance and a delicacy and poise that we pinpointed to violets. Ripe strawberries adds to the complexity of flavour. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo 2007


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    Wine review by wash7173

  • Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo 2007


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    Wine review by c4n1

  • Bottega Petalo Il Vino Dei Poeti Moscato Sparkling NV


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    Wine review by huryuan

  • Martín Códax Bierzo Cuatro Pasos 2006


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    Wine review by fataroni

  • Los Bayos Roble Bierzo Mencia Roble 8 Meses 2006


    Many better wines out there at this price point. This is a dry red wine that had a surprising amount of sediment at the bottom (so may be worth decanting). Definitely allow the wine to breathe and perhaps cellar for a few years - not super drinkable right now. Read More

    Wine review by seadevi

  • El Pecado 2005


    Cult wine from Spain. 100% Mencia which produces a light, bright red fruit with floral notes. Compares favorably with the best wines of Priorat. The 2005 would benefit from more time in the bottle before drinking. Read More

    Wine review by kgogel

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  • Dominio de Tares Baltos 2004


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    Wine review by matterhorn78

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