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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 only deemed capable of producing simple and light red wines. But post-phylloxera growers only planted this variety on low, fertile plains, which produced 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 its old reputation. 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 ripening, low acid grape that can produce wines of 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 and fruit dominant while the more serious versions, aged in new oak, will be more complex and concentrated.

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.

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