Several wine production regions are known for wine varietals that are exclusive to the region. Specifically, Spain and Portugal are the predominant producers of Mencia (pronounced Mehn-thee-yuh), which is referred to as Jaen when produced in Portugal. Other regions that are known for this grape exclusivity include Israel, Austria, and Greece. Despite small grape yield and smaller production, many of these wines can still found at affordable price points.
The Mencia grape has recently experiences a revival in popularity within Spain, Portugal and internationally. Historically, due its to the vine’s small grape yield, the juice was blended or diluted, thus underappreciated. Winemakers within the region are now investing more into the harvest of the Mencia vines as the resulting wine becoming more appreciated. The typical flavor and aroma profiles of Mencia include dark berries, licorice, pepper and sometimes floral notes.
This 2016 Losada Vinos De Finca was a great representation of the Mencia grape and displayed many of the traditional notes. The wine was a deep purple color with a fuschia rim, fantastic legs, and high alcohol content. The aromas were of plum, blackberry, licorice and pomegranate. The taste had medium to high acidity and tannins with juicy notes of pomegranate. Notes of cinnamon were present in the finish. Overall, this is an incredibly balanced wine with excellent depth in flavors and aromas. The wine is at an affordable price point and rivals a competitive Pinot Noir or Beaujolais.
I gave this wine a 4 out of 5 cork rating. This 2016 Losada Vinos De Finca retails for $19-24.
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