Full Review

DH Lescombes

DH Lescombes
2015 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$36

DH Lescombes
2015 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
Dusty ruby color. Odd aromas and flavors of sun-dried tomato, tropical fruit, buttered rice, and coffee liqueur with a supple, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive, atypical red that will pique your curiosity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Funky
Aroma Aroma: sun-dried tomato, tropical fruit, buttered rice, and coffee liqueur
Taste Flavor: sun-dried tomato, tropical fruit, buttered rice, and coffee liqueur
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Meatball Sandwich, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive, atypical red that will pique your curiosity.

The Producer

Lescombes Family Vineyards

The Producer
1325 de Baca Rd SE
Deming, NM 88030
USA
1 505-546-9324

Their Portfolio

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85 Blue Teal NV Rio Rojo, New Mexico 12% (USA) $10.00.
86 Blue Teal NV Riesling, New Mexico 11% (USA) $10.00.
BR Blue Teal NV Red Moscato, New Mexico 11% (USA) $8.00. - Bronze Medal
BR DH Lescombes 2018 Heritage Series, Pinot Noir, New Mexico 12.5% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
87 DH Lescombes 2018 Heritage Series, Pinot Gris, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
90 DH Lescombes NV Ratafia, New Mexico 13% (USA) $28.00.
85 DH Lescombes 2018 Signature Series 631 Canyon Five, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
BR DH Lescombes 2015 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico 15% (USA) $36.00. - Bronze Medal
85 DH Lescombes 2019 Heritage Series Rosé, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
85 DH Lescombes 2018 631, Chenin Blanc, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
BR DH Lescombes 2018 631 Cab-Sangio, New Mexico 13% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR St. Clair Winery NV Special Reserve Imperial Kir, New Mexico 11.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
87 St. Clair Winery 2018 Pinot Grigio, New Mexico 11% (USA) $15.00.
88 St. Clair Winery NV Port, New Mexico 19% (USA) $28.00.
90 St. Clair Winery NV Special Reserve Kiva, New Mexico 19% (USA) $28.00.
BR St. Clair Winery 2018 Mimbres Pink, New Mexico 11% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR St. Clair Winery 2018 Mimbres White, New Mexico 11% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
89 St. Clair Winery 2018 Malvasia Bianca, New Mexico 11% (USA) $14.00.
88 St. Clair Winery 2017 Nativo, New Mexico 11% (USA) $15.00.
86 St. Clair Winery 2019 Mimbres Red, New Mexico 11% (USA) $12.00.
88 St. Clair Winery 2018 Bellissimo Sparkling Sweet Wine, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
87 St. Clair Winery 2018 Chardonnay, New Mexico 12.5% (USA) $14.00.
BR St. Clair Winery 2017 Special Reserve, Chenin Blanc, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
88 St. Clair Winery 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Mexico 14% (USA) $15.00.
BR St. Clair Winery 2018 Cab-Zin, New Mexico 13% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal

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.