Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 327,173 strong:

Register Today!

Bodega del Abad Dom Bueno Mencía 2008 Wine Review

Bodega del Abad Dom Bueno Mencía 2008

Bodega del Abad Dom Bueno Mencía 2008

Bierzo DO, Spain

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 10

  Add My Review

Price: $17.25

Drink: 2017-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Bodega del Abad

Agent: Tradesa Corp.

Natalie's Score: 89/100

Savoury, meaty and juicy with gorgeous exotic black fruit aromas and flavours. Get out of your shiraz rut with this wine.

Food pairings: roast venison, rabbit stew, gamebird casserole.

This Bodega del Abad Dom Bueno Mencía 2008 was reviewed on April 4, 2017 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2019  2018  2017  2015  2013 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

Reviews and Ratings

Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Made from Mencia varietal, from Spain's Bierzo region. Deep ruby with aromatics of dark cherries, cassis, vanilla, baking spice and leather. The juicy palate gives ripe blackberries, cherries, vanilla, toasted oak and a hint of cinnamon with mouth-watering acidity. Absolutely delicious mouth full of flavour.
Tasted July 2016
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

What a bargain! Sip after sip, glass after glass..... it's just great! Aromas are pronounced with developing notes of ripe field berries (rasp, cassis), cedar, cigar box, vanilla bean and dried rose petals (somewhat perfumey). The palate is dry with med-high tannins tamed by complementary mouthwatering acidity, and layers of flavours including vanilla bean, cedar, tobacco leaf, ripe berries (rasp/cassis). Enjoy this robust ad complex wine with braised leg of lamb. Tasted July 2016. @sommsosa | bespoketastings.ca
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

An impressive and very complex wine for the price. Sweet dried fruit, cedar, spice, mushrooms, and some telltale signs that this wine is aging and aging well. A 2008 that's drinking incredibly now. Wow! What a great wine. Enjoy 2015-2020. Tasted August 2015. 91+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

A beautiful wine with exceptional quality-price performance at just $16. Nice concentration of black fruit, compost, tobacco leaf, violets. Medium-bodied with medium+ acidity and a long earthy tannic finish. This is a gorgeous wine, aging well, and easily has another 3-5 years to reward. Mencia is a Spanish varietal that was once thought to be related to Cabernet Franc. That mythe has since been busted. Enjoy with a really nice grilled steak.
Tasted: August 2015
Melanie Aubert rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This yummy wine boasts black fruit, cedar, vanilla, leather, and a bit of earth. Moderate tannins and great acidity, which makes it very food-friendly.

Get the whole story at https://winingwithmel.com/2016/09/08/nostalgia-de-espana/
Dan Trcka Wine Blogger rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

The 2008 Bodegas Del Abad Dom Bueno, composed of 100% Mencía harvested from old vines, is a light to medium bodied, fruity wine with intense aromas of plum/red currant/cherry, some floral notes as well oak and faint vanilla. It has some distinct mineral notes; is bit unbalanced as the fruit and refreshing acidity doesn't match the tannins that are somewhere between refined to tannic (decant for 1-2 hours to allow faint sulphur notes to escape) and the finish is medium to long. It is food friendly to be enjoyed with carb-dominated dishes; drink now or age short-term till 2014/5. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL (once decanted for 2+ hours), 88-89 pts - wine for light wine lovers. Tasted Dec/12.

See my wine recommendations readily available at the LCBO here:

This mencía was harvested from old vineyards in the outskirts of Villafranca. Its structure is monolithic, as impenetrable as a wall of slate, showing only black fruits, spices and yet, despite everything, a mouth-watering acidity. A sure bet to lay down for at least five years and enjoy. Score: 92 Source: Wine and Spirits Magazine

1 Member would buy this wine again

If you liked the Bodega del Abad Dom Bueno Mencía 2008, you might also like these wines:

Recipes for Bodega del Abad Dom Bueno Mencía 2008



Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Matilda Nieves Red Wine
Mencia 2020,
Ribeira Sacra, Ribera Del Duero D.O. ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean offers North America's most popular online wine and food pairing classes. She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, both selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year.

Join 327,173 thirsty wine lovers who get access to all of her wine reviews by becoming a member of her site. Take a free online pairing class with her here.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award