Is it Cabernet Franc? Is it not Cabernet Franc? Both, actually. Two strains of Mencía are found extensively in the northern half of Spain. The local and indigenous version of Mencía is known for making very lightly colored and fragrant reds similar to a beaujolais or light Pinot Noir. The other version is actually a local strain of Cabernet Franc most likely intoduced to Galicia in the 19th century. Aromas and flavors of raspberries, fresh herbs and wildflowers are common.
Both versions of Mencía are found throughout the northern half of Spain, including León, Rias Baixas and Bierzo. The indigenous form is also found in the Dão region of Portugal where it is known as the Jaén.