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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.

Tasting Notes for Mencia

Mencia is a dry, red wine that 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, more complexity and concentration.

Perfect Food Pairings for Mencia

Mencia is excellent with all manner of meat dishes: Steak au Poivre, corned beef, charcuterie, game, and carne asada, to name a few. Mencia will also work with many vegetarian dishes such as grilled portabello, mushroom risotto, wild rice pilaf and smoked tofu.

Sommelier Secrets for Mencia

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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  • Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2008 Front Label
    Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2008
    Mencia from Spain
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    Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla Premium Mencia 2008
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      Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2008
      Mencia from Spain
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    • Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencia 2008 Front Label
      Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencia 2008
      Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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      Pago de Valdetruchas Los Cerezales Mencia 2008
      Mencia from Spain
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    • Castro Ventosa El Castro de Valtuille Mencia Joven 2008 Front Label
      Castro Ventosa El Castro de Valtuille Mencia Joven 2008
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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