100% Mencia – pronounced “Mehn-cee-ah,” (or “Mehn-thee-ah” in Castilian Spanish…say it like you have a lisp.)
More medium-bodied, balanced and certainly not as “rustic” as I was expecting. Left with a little time to open up in the glass, the wine revealed mainly red fruit of redcurrant, cherry and strawberry. The palate was fairly soft, without the “rough edges” and “Old World flavors” which I had anticipated. Blueberry, cassis, bay leaf, light spice and anise on the palate with a medium finish.
Lamb, game, wild meats, pork chops, olives, truffles, and hard cheeses.
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