The Mencia grape, grown in Spain primarily, yields fresh early drinking wines. They say it is a fragrant varietal that mimics Cabernet Franc, which I love. This particular wine is indeed aromatic, but not in a very fruity way, it kinda stinks to be honest. I cannot pinpoint the aroma, but it smells like wet socks. I fear for the worst- TCA, which is a cork taint. It is harmless, theoretically. The wine itself is decent, showing off red fruits including raspberry, red currants and some slate. The wine is steely, as in no oak. It has a nice minerality and shows the red fruit streak throughout. It is easy drinking and not built for the long haul. What it lacks in tannic structure, it makes up for freshness. The acidity is but a hint. This wine will pair nicely with pizza, grilled lamb chops with mint sauce, or even Chorizo. I am going 88 points on this corked wine and hope you all get a better example. For $13, it is a potential steal but for now, 3 stars. Salut….
Cahors is a region in central France that produces ‘the Black Grape’. The Malbec’s from this region are extremely dark, tannic and usually delicious. They differ from Argie Malbecs because the South American version is far more fruit driven and the Old World style is for deeper extraction and more tannic substance, plus the terroir is totally different.
This bottle was flawed. It just tasted bad. It had good intentions, with an almost black appearance in the glass and some enticing aromas of Asian pear and black cherry. On the palate, there was an off flavor that destroyed any hope of it being enjoyable. I am not dismissing this wine just yet, I think it was corked. It’s a shame really as the components all seemed to be in place. The dryness of the hefty tannins was exactly what I was looking for and the acidity was there to balance it. I may look for another bottle to re-taste. This wine got an 89 from WE and it was only $13 which would have made it a 4 star wine. Salut….