Old vines Mencía is a grape variety on the radar of all hip sommeliers. Good for them…and for us. Personally, I’ve loved it for a good ten years! Similarly, but also in contrast, Mencía is a relatively new grape, having first been mentioned in the late 19th century, well after phylloxera cleaned-out Spain. Comparisons to Cabernet Franc and Graciano have been made, and while I can see both, it is the former that I believe is the true cousin.