Pnp'd, this had a slow start with bright cherries on the nose but the pallet was thin. After 30-60 minutes of air this really evolved nicely with the fruit darkening and the mouthfeel becoming more plush. Really fun cellar defender.
This surely needed more air time as it was consumed at cellar temp, but as it warmed the spicy fruited nose came up nicely. Full of acid it was crisp and clean in the mouth a good with the fatty foods of the day. Mostly bright cherry fruit, but some nuttiness and spices in the background. A little disjointed so it may be going to sleep. I will try and hold my final bottle for 5 years to see how much Mencia changes after its full nap in the cellar. Great qpr wine, for sure.
Thought was really quite good for a 12 dollar wine. Very clean, deep and rich, with peanuts and mint on the nose (no obvious oak) and dark fruits and spice in the mouth. We tasted this blind in a collection of unusual wines. Surprised to see the community average so low (86 at time of writing). When it's well-made, as it is here, mencia is cleaner and richer than Chinon but also has the potential to be as delicate as good Burgundy.
The nose is far better developed than it was the last time we had a bottle. We just got back from a week of wine tasting in Walla Walla and the Willamette, and this one would fare quite well in a tasting like those you do at a winery. Complex, rich, and paired VERY well with a spicy Moroccan curry-like dish. Could stand another year or so if you want to hold it - but not more than that.
Solidly made red, with a fruit forward red and dark fruit profile. Plenty of acid and tannins to go the distance. I'm really curious to see how this ages. From all reports this stuff gets better in 10 years. Thanks periko for the encouragement to drink a bottle young to see if I enjoyed it. Like Burgundy, with a Spanish flare. I think this grape is a winner, when done properly.
Quite young, and a little difficult to say what it's about, as the Mencia grape is somewhat unusual. But overall this is very enjoyable, and has a sharp focus to the fruit and minerality that really sets it apart. Very good value, and it will be interesting to see how this develops.
Medium intensity purple color. Quite Beaujolais like. Light fragrant nose with berry character. Initial mouth feel a touch sweet, but balanced by long and supple tannins. My first Mencia. A decent eveyday wine bit nothng more.
Deep red color, floral nose, lots of berries and cherry on the palate, average length finish - enjoyable. I had with a big salad of roasted chicken and greens but i can defintely see it going with pizza.
Best pizza wine i've found yet. This really calls out for some strong flavored food to reign in its acidity. It was absolutely perfect with the pizza and even harmonious with the feta that my wife likes on our pies. Recommend this for any casual eating with strong flavored or tomato dominant food. The wine lost something of its allure when drunk alone.
For the price and consumed as a mid-week wine, I'm starting to believe this wine really shines in its role. Bright berry flavors, and an attractive floral nose. A high amount of acidity really helps the wine cut through pasta served with several different sauces, including a red sauce and a pesto based sauce. If you want something profound, you'll need to open something else. If you want a food friendly wine that you won't spend any time second guessing, this is your thing. I'm going back for more.
Berry nose with a hint of smoke and mushroom. Raspberry, cranberry, smoke and wet earth taste. Quite tart at first, but mellowed substantially on the second night. Medium finish that is sweet and smokey. Rather different than other Mencia wines I've experienced - almost in another ballpark. Goes well with food and would try it again with an appropriate meal.
From 75cl. This ripe, relatively low-alcohol (13,5%) Mencia is completely unoaked, making it a very different drink from the likes of Petalos (or, for that matter, any other Spanish red wine I can remember having tasted). Not sure I like the result, though. Attractive if reticent crushed blueberry and fresh-ground light-roast coffee powder scent; fresh, squeaky tannic entry; the tannins grow on the finish leaving a very furry tongue. Either something dramatic will happen to this juice over the next year or two, or I have a different wine in my glass than the A Portela which was rated 93PP in Wine Advocate. 86P(?)