Full Review

DH Lescombes

DH Lescombes
2018 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 16%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$48

DH Lescombes
2018 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 16%
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered raisins, leather and cedar, soy sauce, and pickling spice with a velvety, bright, dry medium body and a peppery, medium-long finish conveying notes of plum sauce, polished oak, baked red and black fruit, and paprika with chewy, medium tannins and light oak flavor. A pleasant and fruity expression that is a touch hot and will show best with food.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: chocolate covered raisins, leather and cedar, soy sauce, and pickling spice
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of plum sauce, polished oak, baked red and black fruit, and paprika
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pleasant and fruity expression that is a touch hot and will show best with food.

The Producer

Lescombes Family Vineyards

The Producer
1325 de Baca Rd SE
Deming, NM 88030
USA
1 575-546-9324

Their Portfolio

BR Cantina Sangria NV New Mexico 10% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Dh Lescombes NV Imperial Kir Carbonated Grape Wine with Natural Raspberry Flavor, New Mexico 10.5% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
BR DH Lescombes 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Mexico 15% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
87 DH Lescombes 2013 Petit Verdot, New Mexico 15% (USA) $100.00.
88 DH Lescombes 2021 Heritage Series, Pinot Gris, New Mexico 11% (USA) $17.00.
85 DH Lescombes 2021 Semillon, New Mexico 12.5% (USA) $18.00.
87 DH Lescombes 2021 Brut Sparkling Wine, New Mexico 12% (USA) $17.00.
86 Dh Lescombes 2017 Limited Release, Petite Sirah, New Mexico 16% (USA) $41.00.
86 Dh Lescombes 2016 Double Barrel Limited Release, Petite Sirah, New Mexico 16.5% (USA) $117.00.
85 DH Lescombes 2017 Limited Release, Petit Verdot, New Mexico 15% (USA) $48.00.
BR DH Lescombes 2016 Limited Release, Petit Verdot, New Mexico 15% (USA) $48.00. - Bronze Medal
87 DH Lescombes 2018 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico 16% (USA) $48.00.
87 DH Lescombes 2021 Pinot Noir, New Mexico 12.5% (USA) $34.00.
BR DH Lescombes 2021 Pinot Gris, New Mexico 11% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
92 DH Lescombes 2022 Pinot Gris, New Mexico 12% (USA) $22.00.
91 DH Lescombes 2022 Semillon, New Mexico 12% (USA) $24.00.
92 Dh Lescombes 2022 Rosé, Syrah, New Mexico 12% (USA) $22.00.
85 DH Lescombes 631 Signature Series 2021 Malvasia-Riesling White Blend, New Mexico 11% (USA) $16.00.
86 Dh Lescombes 631 Signature Series 2021 Cab-Sangio Red Blend, New Mexico 13% (USA) $20.00.
89 Dh Lescombes 631 Signature Series 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Mexico 13% (USA) $22.00.
88 DH Lescombes 631 Signature Series 2021 Merlot, New Mexico 13% (USA) $22.00.
86 DH Lescombes 631 Signature Series 2021 Malvasia-Riesling White Blend, New Mexico 11% (USA) $19.00.
85 Heb NV Land Star Classic Mimosa, New Mexico 8% (USA) $11.00.
BR Heb NV Land Star Pineapple Mimosa, New Mexico 8% (USA) $11.00. - Bronze Medal
85 St Clair NV Mimbres Bubbly White Sparkling Wine, New Mexico 11% (USA) $14.00.
BR St Clair NV Mimbres Bubbly Red Sparkling Wine, New Mexico 11% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
BR St Clair NV Mimbres Bubbly Pink Sparkling Wine, New Mexico 11% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
88 St Clair 2020 Gewurztraminer, New Mexico 11% (USA) $14.00.
87 St Clair 2021 Pinot Grigio, New Mexico 11% (USA) $15.00.
87 St Clair 2021 Mimbres White, White Moscato, New Mexico 11.5% (USA) $12.00.
BR St Clair 2020 Mimbres Pink, Rose Moscato, New Mexico 11.5% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR St Clair 2020 Riesling, New Mexico 10.5% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
85 St Clair 2023 Brut Rosé, New Mexico 12% (USA) $32.00.
85 St. Clair Winery NV Port, New Mexico 19% (USA) $25.00.
87 St. Clair Winery 2021 Riesling, New Mexico 11% (USA) $14.00.
87 St. Clair Winery 2021 Mimbres Sweet Pink Moscato, New Mexico 10.5% (USA) $12.00.
90 St. Clair Winery 2021 Gewurztraminer, New Mexico 11% (USA) $14.00.
BR St. Clair Winery 2022 Brut Sparkling Wine, New Mexico 12% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
87 St. Clair Winery 2021 Bellissimo Sparkling Wine, New Mexico 11% (USA) $22.00.

Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, and 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.