Mencia

  (MEHN-cee-ah or MEHN-thee-ah)
Synonyms: Fernao Pires Tinta, Giao, Jaen, Jaen Galego, Loureiro Tinto, Negra, Negro, Tinto Mencia, Tinto Mollar

Wine Name: Mencia

Background: Mencia is a northwestern Spain red grape similar in characteristics to Cabernet Franc although slightly more acidic and tannic. It is the main red grape in the Bierzo region but also grown in Valdeorras, Ribeira Sacra and some other areas of Spain.

Mencia usually has a raspberry herbal flavor, with some floral aromatics and spicy or black pepper finish.

Classic Brands and Sources: Amizade, Benaza, Descendientes de José Palacios, Dominio de Tares, Moure, Priorato de Pantó, Telmo Rodriguez, Vire dos Remedios

Characteristics:

Style #1 – typical

Body – medium

Acidity – medium (+)

Sweetness – dry

Tannins – medium (+)


Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Pairs with acidic foods and lighter meats with acidic sauces or marinades

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Pair with lighter red meats, fowl, chicken and shellfish especially when cooked in wine or with a wine or tomato sauce. Predominantly sweet or fruity dishes should be avoided.

Cheese Pairings:
Feta, goat cheese, Gouda, Majorero, Mahon, Bucheron, dry Jack cheese, Gouda, Neufchatel, Pont-L’Eveque, Raclette, Reblochon, Roquefort, Saint-Nectare,Vacherin