Weekly wine defined: Mencia

Mary writes:

This week’s definition comes from Spain.

Mencia is a red grape from northwest Spain. Traditionally it was a lighter bodied, fragrant red wine in the Denominaciones de Origen (guarantee of origin) of the Galician territories of Bierzo, Rias Baixas and Valdeorras.

But with the younger winemakers a much more concentrated, full-bodied wine is now the norm from this grape.

Many locals believe this vine is related to babernet franc because the fragrance is so similar; as such they called it cabernet.

But after DNA testing determined there was no relation, they’ve had to break the habit.