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2007 D.H. Lescombes, Cabernet Sauvignon, New Mexico


D. H. Lescombes is just one of eight labels of the large Southwest Wines company.  Southwest Wines was founded in the late 1960s.  This company has vineyards in Deming, New Mexico along with a winery, trucking company, distribution company, and several bistros.  The grapes for this wine come from 180 acres of vineyards located at 4500 feet.  Additional vines are being planted so that the acreage will reach 220 by the end of the year.  The soils are sandy and loamy.  This is a modern operation.  The harvest takes place between mid-August and late September.  The vast majority of the grapes are machine harvested, coaxed by a  pneumatic press, fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel, then aged in oak barrels.  The wines are filtered twice before bottling.  The bottling line is also used for other wineries in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona and handles over 200,000 cases per year.

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The D.H. Lescombes wines are named after Danielle and Herve Lescombes and are intended to be the high-end label.  The wines produced under this label are made in a traditional French style.  This bottle was purchased for $22-$23 from Whole Foods.  This is completely drinkable wine that would appeal to many and certainly worth trying.  I did not notice the relatively high alcohol, perhaps do to the bracing acidity.  I do wish the oak was toned down a notch.

2007 D.H. Lescombes, Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged for 12-18 months in French oak barrels. It is fairly strong at 15% ABV.  This is a medium ruby color. There are bright red fruit flavors with bracing acidity, some spices, and red currants. There are some blue fruits in the finish then a tart red flavor as the aftertaste takes over. On the subsequent night there are grippy, tart, red fruits, a fair amount of weight, and new oak flavors that are a bit green.  ** Now-2014.

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