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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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    Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla Premium Mencia 2012
    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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    Vinos de Arganza Flavium Seleccion Mencia 2013
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      Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2017
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      Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia St. Jacques 2017
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2015
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      Losada Bierzo 2016
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2012
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      Dominio do Bibei Ribeira Sacra Lalama 2013
      Mencia from Spain
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        Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2018
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          Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia de Valtuille 2014
          Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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          D. Ventura Vina do Burato 2015
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          Losada Altos de Losada La Bienquerida 2015
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          Bodegas Avancia Tinto Cuvee Mostiero Mencia 2011
          Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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            La Vizcaina El Rapolao Tinto 2015
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              Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2013
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                Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencia 2014
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                Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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