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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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  • Dominio do Bibei Ribeira Sacra Lalama 2012 Front Label
    Dominio do Bibei Ribeira Sacra Lalama 2012
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    • Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2012 Front Label
      Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2012
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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    • Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos 2012 Front Label
      Dominio de Tares Mencia Baltos 2012
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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    • Bodegas Peique Tinto Mencia 2012 Front Label
      Bodegas Peique Tinto Mencia 2012
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      • Bodegas Raul Perez Vico Mencia 2012 Front Label
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        • Losada Bierzo 2012 Front Label
          Losada Bierzo 2012
          Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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        • Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2012 Front Label
          Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras Gaba do Xil Mencia 2012
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          • Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla Premium Mencia 2012 Front Label
            Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla Premium Mencia 2012
            Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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          • Pilgrim Mencia Crianza 2012 Front Label
            Pilgrim Mencia Crianza 2012
            Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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          • Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2012 Front Label
            Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2012
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          • A Portela Mencia 2012 Front Label
            A Portela Mencia 2012
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            • Bodegas Peique Ramon Valle 2012 Front Label
              Bodegas Peique Ramon Valle 2012
              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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            • Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2012 Front Label
              Martin Sarmiento Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2012
              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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            • Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2012 Front Label
              Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2012
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            • Vina Broco Mencia 2012 Front Label
              Vina Broco Mencia 2012
              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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            • Vinos Valtuille Pago de Valdoneje Mencia 2012 Front Label
              Vinos Valtuille Pago de Valdoneje Mencia 2012
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              • Bodegas Ronsel do Sil Vel'uveyra Mencia 2012 Front Label
                Bodegas Ronsel do Sil Vel'uveyra Mencia 2012
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                • Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia 2012 Front Label
                  Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia 2012
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                  • Veronica Ortega ROC Mencia 2012 Front Label
                    Veronica Ortega ROC Mencia 2012
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                    • Vinos Guerra Armas de Guerra Tinto Mencia 2012 Front Label
                      Vinos Guerra Armas de Guerra Tinto Mencia 2012
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                      • Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2012  Front Label
                        Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2012
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                        • Adega Ponte Da Boga Mencia 2012 Front Label
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                          • Bodegas Joaquin Rebolledo Mencia 2012 Front Label
                            Bodegas Joaquin Rebolledo Mencia 2012
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                              Vinos de Arganza Seculo Mencia Roble 2012
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