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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Popular Regions for Mencia View all

  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Castilla y León

    This region is located north-northwest of Madrid. Its terrain is a combination of flat, open pl...

  • Monterrei

  • Valdeorras

  • Raul

  • Bierzo

      This region is in the northwest of Spain, in the Castilla y Leon province near Galicia. It...

  • Galicia

    Located on the northwest corner of Spain, Galicia is just under Portugal, along the Atlantic Oc...

  • Rías Baixas

      This region lies along the Atlantic coastline in Galicia, in the northwest part of Spain. ...

  • Ribeira Sacra

    Wines made from Mencia grape. The origins of the grape are not clear. While there seems to be a...

Popular Wineries using Mencia

  • Raimat

    We like what we make, wines with character. That's why we have continued to do so since 1914. And...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • Bodegas Baron de Ley

    A dream come true, BARÓN DE LEY is a winery which was devised and founded in 1985 by a small grou...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in t...

  • Numanthia

    The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthi...

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Mencia on Snooth

  • El Pecado 2005

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    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


  • With our troubled times I very frequently asked Where are the values? While the world is awash in both inexpensive swill and expensive fine wine the trick, more important today than ever, is to find the wines that skirt the edges of both: those inexpensive fine wines.While I know that $30 for a bottle of wine is not an inconsequential amount I ... Read More

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  • and fairly new to drinking wine. Does anyone have any good advice in selecting a nice wine for dark rich chocolate within a price range up to $35 for the bottle? I have tried a couple but no luck, I am willing to keep on trying till I hit the one that works. BTW Love this site so far. ^_^ Read More

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  • Dominio de Tares Baltos 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by matterhorn78


  • Flavium Bierzo Crianza 2005

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    Pleasant, very drinkable but lacking in complexity and maturity. Medium body, medium balance between acidity and sweetness. Perhaps this wine will improve with a few years the cellar. Read More

    Wine review by padraig


  • Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos del Bierzo 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by matterhorn78


  • Dominio de Tares Bierzo Baltos 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by amy lynn


  • Mas Asturias 1996

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    A new discovery on the Bierzo region. A small Winery which has recently launched it first vintage. The producer is catalan viticulteur and enologist which was working in several well-know and prestigious wineries at Saint Emilion and Pomerol. Read More

    Wine review by Gonzalo


  • Las Lamas. Descendientes de J.Palacios 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by oivcfhj09


  • Dominio de Tares Bierzo Baltos 2005

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    Had this at La Cave du Vin in Cleveland Heights - amazing wine! Aromas that would make you think twice about it - barn yard and earth. Deliciously earthy and fruity on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by rreichert


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