Milagro Vineyards Zinfandel New Mexico 2012

milagroIn our recent wine tasting visit to New Mexico, this was the most impressive winery we found  A small-production labor of love, located in Corrales just North of Albuquerque, owner and winemaker Rick Hobson is not into growing larger or maximizing profit. It’s all about making the best wine that he can. He has a full line up of reds and whites using exclusively estate or estate-controlled grapes all produced in a distinctly old world, elegant style, no small feat in wine region known for its hot summers.

I’ve seldom had a more elegant Zinfandel.

The well-developed, complex nose is now showing fig, delicately threaded with  earthy dried leaves, baking spices and coffee. Despite the developed nose, in the mouth it’s still fresh and vivacious, with a soft, round introduction, ripe without being too jammy, gathering momentum midpalate with a burst of incisive acidity, and finishing tangy and medium length with fine-grained supportive tannins. Harmonious, in a graceful style with a beautiful, velvet texture.

The beguiling  juxtaposition of mature nose and youthful, vibrant palate leaves an impression of youthful wisdom found occasionally in wine, seldom in humans.

Aged 23 months in used French Oak barrels.

What better companion for this reflective yet pulsating wine than some reflective pulsating jazz from Miles Davis.

Score: 92

Alc: 13.5%

Price: $28

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