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D.H. Lescombes

D.H. Lescombes
2010 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$36.00

D.H. Lescombes
2010 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
Dark brown brick red color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate raisins and cherries, coconut creme brulee, cherry-tomato jelly, and maple with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, relaxed leather, tobacco, nuts, and pickling spices finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. An interesting cabernet franc that drinks like a ripe Amarone.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Juicy, smooth, fruity, oaky & savory
Aroma Aroma: chocolate raisins and cherries, coconut creme brulee, cherry-tomato jelly, and maple
Taste Flavor: leather, tobacco, nuts, and pickling spices
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Spaghetti Carbonara, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An interesting cabernet franc that drinks like a ripe Amarone.
The Producer

Southwest Wines

The Producer
1325 Debaca Rd SE
Deming, NM 88030
USA
1 575-546-9324
Cabernet Franc
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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is very closely related to cabernet sauvignon; it is widely presumed that cabernet franc is just a well established mutation. It is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Cabernet franc tends to be lighter in color and tannins than cabernet sauvignon, with an earlier-maturing character. On Bordeaux's Right Bank, cabernet franc has a stronger foothold, and is best known as the dominant grape in the blend for the famed château, Cheval Blanc. It is the most widely planted red varietal in the Loire, where it yields lighter wines, like Chinon, with distinct herbal overtones. US cabernet francs are still largely in the experimental stage; there is a huge spectrum of interpretations, from heavy Napa wines to lighter styles from the East Coast.

Cabernet Franc is noted for its deep ruby red color and peppery, spicy character. It has moderate tannins and good acidity. Generally a Cabernet Franc should be consumed with some age - at least five years - while the finest versions drink well for more than twenty years.

Pair Cabernet Franc with hearty foods such as wild game, game birds and roasts.
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