This Mencia varietal is medium garnet in the glass with interesting aromas starting with vanilla and dill. I get fruit-driven cherry, pomegranate and cranberry with secondary notes of cinnamon and smoke. The palate is lightweight for sure- it’s very easy to drink with medium (+) acidity, gentle tannins and medium intensity flavors of red fruit. The vanilla and green note taper off quickly but I do get the smoke and spice. The finish is short lived but very yummy with tannins that just fade away. This wine is begging to be drunk- it is so smooth and the lower than usual alcohol (12.7 ABV) makes it possible. We are pairing it with meatballs in Boom Boom sauce on a bed of shredded veggies. Drink this 90 point wine till 2024. It retails for $20 and gets 5 stars from me. Salut….
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….