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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  • Compania de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez Gaba Do Xil Mencia 2009


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    Wine review by wydos

  • Avante Mencia 2009


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    Wine review by ftezen

  • Petalos Descendiente Bierzo 2009


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    Wine review by dlellis

  • Luzdivina Amigo Bierzo Vinademoya Mencia 2005


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    Wine review by sp4c3c4d3t

  • Lalama 2008


    Este vino español hecho con mencia, garnacha y brancellao es de un color rojo cereza con reflejos grantes. En nariz es una completa mezcla de fruta roja acompotada que se mezcla con los aromas de tostado y violetas. En boca es astringente pero con una evolución excepcional y aquí aparecen las notas especiadas en el retrogusto. Buena estructura, ... Read More

    Wine review by CheloSpahn

  • Pittacum Aurea Bierzo 2007


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    Wine review by peerlesschild

  • Alodio 2010


    This is a nice Mencia that opens with a earthy/funky aroma. Once the wine opens up, there are wonderful notes of cherries and cassis and finishes with a soft, round texture with refreshing acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Craig Bilodeau

  • 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

  • Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 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

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