Hey all, rising popularity in recent times for Mencia wine. Especially from Bierzo DO and Ribera Sacra DO.
For the blind tasting, What do you think is the main clues that indicate the wine is Mencia?
Second, I have a friend that never heard of this. He knows his wines and regions and producers. I want to gift him with a crazy producer incredible wine from Ribera Sacra specifically, what would you recommend?
I second this !
When you say, "For the blind tasting" I'm assuming you are referencing tasting for exams/certifications. To my knowledge, the Court of Master Sommeliers does not include Mencia among the classic, testable varietals, As I have not worked through other programs, I cannot offer more.
If you're looking for tasting notes for Mencia in general, I would highly recommend Jancis Robinson's "Wine Grapes" as a solid reference point. You could also purchase a few examples to taste side by side and compare your notes for each wine. Do any themes/patterns/trends emerge in the categories of Fruit, Earth, Wood, and Structure?
As for producers, I have extremely limited personal experience with the varietal. However, this link from Vine Pair has seven different bottlings noted, from Ribeira Sacra, Bierzo, and Valdeorras. That said, something so simple as searching "Best Mencia" will likely lead to a number of recommendations.
Happy hunting and tasting!
This won't show up on exams as the profile is too variable still. I recommend J. Palacios in terms of value at the lower end and Veronica Ortega for a more value driven craft option.
I think varietal unoaked Mencia shows elevated minerality. Guimaro is an exemplary producer as well.
Not looking for exam purposes, but generally
J. Palacios is from Bierzo. I need ribera sacra specifically
Thanks for the answer
Not referring for exam. Just for general purposes.
Jancis wine grapes didn't help to much with key clues for Mencia. Thanks.
Second you on Guimaro
Vino Burato from Ribera Sacra is a inexpensive quality wine. Ive had it on my list for several years. Envinate makes an exceptional Rib Sacra, hard to find and not cheap
Just an FYI, Mencia is a testable grape for the WSET Diploma for the D3 course. WSET specifications can be cruel.