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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 Ultreia Saint Jacques 2018  Front Label
    Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques 2018
    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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  • Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2019  Front Label
    Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2019
    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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  • Bodegas Virxen del Galir Pagos de Galir Mencia 2016 Front Label
    Bodegas Virxen del Galir Pagos de Galir Mencia 2016
    Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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  • Bodegas Avancia Cuvee de O Mencia 2018  Front Label
    Bodegas Avancia Cuvee de O Mencia 2018
    Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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  • Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2013 Front Label
    Godelia Mencia Bierzo 2013
    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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    • Armas de Guerra Tinto 2019  Front Label
      Armas de Guerra Tinto 2019
      Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      • La Vizcaina by Raul Perez El Rapolao Tinto 2019  Front Label
        La Vizcaina by Raul Perez El Rapolao Tinto 2019
        Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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      • Madai Origen Mencia 2017  Front Label
        Madai Origen Mencia 2017
        Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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        • Jose Antonio Garcia Bierzo Unculin Tinto 2018  Front Label
          Jose Antonio Garcia Bierzo Unculin Tinto 2018
          Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
          • RP91
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        • Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2018  Front Label
          Losada El Pajaro Rojo Mencia 2018
          Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
          • WW89
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        • Ladeiras do Xil Gaba do Xil Mencia 2016  Front Label
          Ladeiras do Xil Gaba do Xil Mencia 2016
          Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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        • CVNE Maruxa Mencia 2018  Front Label
          CVNE Maruxa Mencia 2018
          Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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        • Bodegas Estefania Tilenus Joven Vendimia Mencia 2019  Front Label
          Bodegas Estefania Tilenus Joven Vendimia Mencia 2019
          Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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          • Ladeiras do Xil Gaba do Xil Mencia 2017  Front Label
            Ladeiras do Xil Gaba do Xil Mencia 2017
            Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
            • RP90
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          • Finca Millara Lagariza Ribeira Sacra Mencia 2018  Front Label
            Finca Millara Lagariza Ribeira Sacra Mencia 2018
            Mencia from Spain
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            • Losada Bierzo 2018  Front Label
              Losada Bierzo 2018
              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
              • JS93
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            • Bodegas Estefania Tilenus Roble Mencia 2017  Front Label
              Bodegas Estefania Tilenus Roble Mencia 2017
              Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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            • D. Ventura Vina do Burato 2019  Front Label
              D. Ventura Vina do Burato 2019
              Mencia from Spain
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              • Gregory Perez Brezo Tinto 2016  Front Label
                Gregory Perez Brezo Tinto 2016
                Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                • Dominio do Bibei Ribeira Sacra Lalama 2017  Front Label
                  Dominio do Bibei Ribeira Sacra Lalama 2017
                  Mencia from Spain
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                  • Bodegas Avancia Old Vines Mencia 2019  Front Label
                    Bodegas Avancia Old Vines Mencia 2019
                    Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
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                  • Jose Antonio Garcia Mencia de Corullon Aires de Vendimia 2018  Front Label
                    Jose Antonio Garcia Mencia de Corullon Aires de Vendimia 2018
                    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
                    • RP92
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                  • Oliver's Taranga Vineyards Mencia 2019  Front Label
                    Oliver's Taranga Vineyards Mencia 2019
                    Mencia from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Jose Antonio Garcia Aires de Vendimia Mencia de Valtuille 2018  Front Label
                    Jose Antonio Garcia Aires de Vendimia Mencia de Valtuille 2018
                    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
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                  • Alvaredos-Hobbs Ribeira Sacra Mencia 2019  Front Label
                    Alvaredos-Hobbs Ribeira Sacra Mencia 2019
                    Mencia from Spain
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