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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  • Domaine Thimiopoulos Vineyard Young Vines Xinomavro Red Imported-Greek 2009


    This biodynamically grown Xinomavro is a serious hidden gem from Greece that ... freshness of Ribeira Sacra Mencia. Juicy, earthy, and super clean on the palate, this wine delivers a mouthful of bright bing cherry fruit has beautiful purity and intensity. Click on this link to watch my video review of this wine: http://www.plonkwinemerchants.c... Read More

    Wine review by Etty Lewensztain

  • Corullón Pr 2012


    The nose was beautiful with lush pink floral notes, ripe peach and a spritz of minerals. On the palate, it was remarkably fresh and vibrant with hints of young strawberries and inner floral notes which lasted through the long and refreshing mineral-laden finish. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Sila Mencia 2009


    Raspberries and rich plum aromas are present on the nose. A hint of vanilla spice as well. Flavors are carried through to the palate with bramble and vanilla spice poking through and a twist of red currant bitterness to round it off. Medium bodied. This is a thoroughly enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by Craig Bilodeau

  • Winzerkeller Andau St. Laurent 2010


    This inky, savory example of St. Laurent, an Austrian clone of Pinot Noir, is ... is very reminiscent of the Mencia you see in the region of Bierzo in Spain. Displaying mineral notes of iron, tangy blackberry fruit, smoked meat, and exotic spices like anise and clove, this is very clean and lean, with noteworthy focus and precision in the mout... Read More

    Wine review by Etty Lewensztain

  • Descendientes de J. Palacios Corullón 2009


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    Wine review by fimatex

  • Off to Northern Spain on Monday morning, starting in Madrid and Spending some time in Lerma, Burgos, Leon, La Coruna and ending in Santiago de Compostela but more importantly travelling through the heart of Rioja.Looking forward to sampling as much wine as I can and reporting back to you guys. Hopefully I can find some surprises. Tried a  Bierzo... Read More

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  • Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble . Box 2008


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    Wine review by annecara

  •  Hi! I'm the owner of Plonk Wine Merchants, a boutique style online ... ... unsung heroes such as Mencia, Blaufrankisch, Assyrtiko, and Kerner. I'm also here to befriend fellow wine enthusiasts so please feel free to drop me a line! Cheers, Etty&nbs Read More

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  • Palacios Petalos Bierzo 2005


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    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Flor del Paramo El Medico Prieto Picudo 2009


    My first ever Prieto Picudo. I have nothing to compare this to, but I can say ... say that it reminds me of a Mencia with it's sharp tannins and distinct bitter oak flavors. I don't remember exactly what I paired this with but it was some sort of meat dish. This is is definitely worth a try due to the sheer scarcity of this varieta Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

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