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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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  • A Portela Mencia 2010 Front Label
    A Portela Mencia 2010
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2010 Front Label
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  • Vinos de Arganza Encanto Roble Mencia 2010 Front Label
    Vinos de Arganza Encanto Roble Mencia 2010
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2010 Front Label
    Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2010
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  • Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2010 Front Label
    Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2010
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2010 Front Label
    Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2010
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    • Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos 2010 Front Label
      Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos 2010
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      • Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2010 Front Label
        Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2010
        Mencia from Spain
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        Descendientes de Jose Palacios Corullon 2010
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        • Adega Pena das Donas Ribeira Sacra Verdes Matas Mencia 2010 Front Label
          Adega Pena das Donas Ribeira Sacra Verdes Matas Mencia 2010
          Mencia from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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          • Tridente Mencia 2010 Front Label
            Tridente Mencia 2010
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            • Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2010 Front Label
              Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2010
              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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              • Vinos de Arganza Seculo Mencia Roble 2010 Front Label
                Vinos de Arganza Seculo Mencia Roble 2010
                Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                • Bodegas Gerardo Mendez Amizade Mencia 2010 Front Label
                  Bodegas Gerardo Mendez Amizade Mencia 2010
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                  • Bodegas & Vinedos Gancedo Mencia 2010 Front Label
                    Bodegas & Vinedos Gancedo Mencia 2010
                    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                    • Mengoba Mencia de Espanillo 2010 Front Label
                      Mengoba Mencia de Espanillo 2010
                      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                      • Menade Mencias de Dos De 2 2010 Front Label
                        Menade Mencias de Dos De 2 2010
                        Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                        • Casar de Burbia Tebaida Nemesio Mencia 2010 Front Label
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                          Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                                  Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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