Mencia is a variety native to the Iberian peninsula. Mainly grown in Bierzo and Valdeorras in Spain, and in the Dao region of Portugal, where it's called Jaen. The grape produces wines generally high in acidity with pronounced aromas of violets, with liquorice, red berry fruits and pomegranate. On the palate, you get notes of pepper and tart red fruit (sour cherry & redcurrant) and the wines pick up the earthy, mineral texture of the soil (slate & granite). Mencia is a great pairing for cured cheeses, mushrooms, bean stews, or game.