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Mencia

Calling the far western appellations of the Iberian Peninsula home ...

Calling the far western appellations of the Iberian Peninsula home, Mencia was once deemed capable of producing only simple and light red wines. But post-phylloxera, growers restricted plantings of this variety to fertile plains, which naturally led to high yields and uncomplicated finished wines. The recent rediscovery of the ancient, abandoned vines planted on rugged hillsides of deep schist has unveiled the potential of Mencia and added discredit to the old claims. Primarily found in the Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras regions of Spain and in the Dão of Portugal (where it is called Jaen), Mencia is an early ripener and generally low acid grape capable of producing wine with great concentration, complexity and ageability.

In the Glass

The best Mencia possess characters such as raspberry, red currant, boysenberry, pomegranate, black licorice, spice cake, black pepper, Asian spice and crushed gravel. Some styles remain light fruit dominant while in the more serious versions, any significant amount aged in new oak, may add hint of dark chocolate or vanilla.

Food Pairings

Excellent with all manner of meat dishes: Steak au Poivre, corned beef, charcuterie, game, carne asada, etc, Mencia will also work with many vegetarian dishes such as grilled portabello, mushroom risotto, wild rice pilaf and smoked tofu. Mencia will also be a welcome accompaniment to any cheese platter.

Sommelier Secret

Never had Mencia? Well if you like Pinot Noir and other aromatic reds (like Gamay), definitely investigate Mencia. Many affordable options abound as well as higher-end, more complex versions. Often the latter contain other varieties for adding depth and complexity, or come from the extremely old vines.

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    Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2013
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    Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia 2014
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    Pilgrim Mencia Crianza 2012
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    Bodegas Avancia Cuvee de O Mencia 2015
    Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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    Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia St. Jacques 2016
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      Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia de Valtuille 2015
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2016
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        La Vizcaina Las Gundinas Tinto 2014
        Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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        Finca Millara Lagariza Ribeira Sacra Mencia 2016
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          Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencia 2014
          Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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          Bodegas Triton Mencia 2014
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            Campos da Neboa Mencia 2013
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              Vinos Valtuille Pago de Valdoneje Roble Mencia 2014
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                Pilgrim Mencia 2016
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                  Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2013
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                    Vinos Guerra Armas de Guerra Tinto Mencia 2016
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                      Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2013
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                        Madai Origen Mencia 2015
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                          La Vizcaina La Poulosa Tinto 2014
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                          D. Ventura Vina do Burato 2016
                          Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                          Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2013
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                            Castro Candaz A Boca do Demo Ribeira Sacra Tinto 2016
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                            A Portela Mencia 2014
                            Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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