Mencia is Spanish, Jaen is Portuguese, for the same grape varietal. We chose 2008 a Descendientes de J. Palacios Corullon, from the Bierzo region. This richly colored wine opened with a lovely floral nose: lavender and violets, red raspberry and a touch of vanilla. Exquisite!
When first opened the tannins were heavily pronounced, covering most of the flavors in the wine. But after sitting open for an hour they mellowed significantly to reveal lovely ripe plum and blueberry. The 80% new French oak (gleaned from research about the wine online) seems to come through in the baking spices and vanilla middle and finish. It lingers nicely on the palate for a little while.
We finished the bottle with a couple of specialty chocolate cookies – that was a delicious pairing!
Ticking off another grape on our Wine Century Club list with this wine was truly a pleasure. Have you had it? What did you think of it? Where did you find it?