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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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  • Bodegas Raul Perez Vico Mencia 2011 Front Label
    Bodegas Raul Perez Vico Mencia 2011
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    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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  • Vinos de Arganza Flavium Seleccion Mencia 2011 Front Label
    Vinos de Arganza Flavium Seleccion Mencia 2011
    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      Mencia from Spain
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    • Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2011 Front Label
      Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2011
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      Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2011
      Mencia from Spain
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      • Bodegas Avancia Tinto Cuvee Mostiero Mencia 2011 Front Label
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        Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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        • Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia 2011 Front Label
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        • Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2011 Front Label
          Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2011
          Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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          • Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2011 Front Label
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              • Castro Ventosa Bierzo El Castro de Valtuille Joven Mencia 2011 Front Label
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