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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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  • Bodegas Raul Perez Vico Mencia 2011 Front Label
    Bodegas Raul Perez Vico Mencia 2011
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2011 Front Label
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    Mencia from 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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  • Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2011 Front Label
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    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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  • Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos 2011 Front Label
    Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos 2011
    Mencia from Spain
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  • Losada Bierzo 2011 Front Label
    Losada Bierzo 2011
    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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    A Portela Mencia 2011
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  • Vinos de Arganza Flavium Premium Crianza Mencia 2011 Front Label
    Vinos de Arganza Flavium Premium Crianza Mencia 2011
    Mencia from Spain
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    Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2011
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    • Bodegas Triton Tridente Mencia 2011 Front Label
      Tridente Tridente Mencia 2011
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    • Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2011 Front Label
      Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2011
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      • Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2011 Front Label
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      • Dominio do Bibei Ribeira Sacra Lalama 2011 Front Label
        Dominio do Bibei Ribeira Sacra Lalama 2011
        Mencia from Spain
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      • Bodegas Avancia Tinto Cuvee Mostiero Mencia 2011 Front Label
        Bodegas Avancia Tinto Cuvee Mostiero Mencia 2011
        Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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        • Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia 2011 Front Label
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              • Bodegas Joaquin Rebolledo Mencia 2011 Front Label
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                • Castro Ventosa Bierzo El Castro de Valtuille Joven Mencia 2011 Front Label
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                  Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                  • Viticultor Goyo Garcia Viadero Liebana Cobero Vino de la Tierra Mencia 2011 Front Label
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                    • Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2011 Front Label
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