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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 2009 Front Label
    Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2009
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2009 Front Label
    Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2009
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos 2009 Front Label
    Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos 2009
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Bodegas del Abad Dom Bueno Mencia 2009 Front Label
    Bodegas del Abad Dom Bueno Mencia 2009
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2009 Front Label
    Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2009
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Losada Bierzo 2009 Front Label
    Losada Bierzo 2009
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Adega Pena das Donas Ribeira Sacra Verdes Matas Mencia 2009 Front Label
    Adega Pena das Donas Ribeira Sacra Verdes Matas Mencia 2009
    Mencia from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    • Bodegas y Vinedos Luna Beberide Mencia 2009 Front Label
      Bodegas y Vinedos Luna Beberide Mencia 2009
      Mencia from Spain
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    • Bodegas Triton Avante Mencia 2009 Front Label
      Bodegas Triton Avante Mencia 2009
      Mencia from Spain
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      • Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencia 2009 Front Label
        Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencia 2009
        Mencia from Spain
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      • Bodegas del Abad Abad Dom Bueno Roble Mencia 2009 Front Label
        Bodegas del Abad Abad Dom Bueno Roble Mencia 2009
        Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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        • Bodegas Pittacum Aurea Mencia 2009 Front Label
          Bodegas Pittacum Aurea Mencia 2009
          Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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          • Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia 2009 Front Label
            Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia 2009
            Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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            • Mengoba Mencia de Espanillo 2009 Front Label
              Mengoba Mencia de Espanillo 2009
              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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              • Casal Novo Mencia 2009 Front Label
                Casal Novo Mencia 2009
                Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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                • La Mano Roble Mencia 2009 Front Label
                  La Mano Roble Mencia 2009
                  Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                  • ViniGalicia Verdes Castros Mencia 2009 Front Label
                    ViniGalicia Verdes Castros Mencia 2009
                    Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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                    • ViniGalicia Via Romana Mencia 2009 Front Label
                      ViniGalicia Via Romana Mencia 2009
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                      • Adega Ponte Da Boga Mencia 2009 Front Label
                        Adega Ponte Da Boga Mencia 2009
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                        • Bodegas Raul Perez Bierzo Dargo Mencia 2009  Front Label
                          Bodegas Raul Perez Bierzo Dargo Mencia 2009
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                            Abadia da Cova Mencia a Fuega 2009
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                            • Bodegas Adria Pazo de Arribi Mencia 2009 Front Label
                              Bodegas Adria Pazo de Arribi Mencia 2009
                              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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