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Mencia

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

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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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  • Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2015  Front Label
    Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2015
    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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  • Vinos de Arganza Flavium Seleccion Mencia 2013  Front Label
    Vinos de Arganza Flavium Seleccion Mencia 2013
    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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    • D. Ventura Vina do Burato 2015 Front Label
      D. Ventura Vina do Burato 2015
      Mencia from Spain
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    • Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla Premium Mencia 2016  Front Label
      Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla Premium Mencia 2016
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      • Descendientes de Jose Palacios Corullon 2017  Front Label
        Descendientes de Jose Palacios Corullon 2017
        Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      • Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia St. Jacques 2018  Front Label
        Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia St. Jacques 2018
        Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      • Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2012 Front Label
        Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2012
        Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      • Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2018  Front Label
        Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2018
        Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      • Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2013 Front Label
        Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2013
        Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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        • Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2018  Front Label
          Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2018
          Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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          • D. Ventura Pena do Lobo 2016 Front Label
            D. Ventura Pena do Lobo 2016
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            • Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia de Valtuille 2014 Front Label
              Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia de Valtuille 2014
              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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            • Losada Altos de Losada La Bienquerida 2015 Front Label
              Losada Altos de Losada La Bienquerida 2015
              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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            • La Vizcaina El Rapolao Tinto 2015 Front Label
              La Vizcaina El Rapolao Tinto 2015
              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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            • Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencia 2014 Front Label
              Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencia 2014
              Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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