Gems in My Glass . . . May 2009

Gems in MY Glass . . ., New Mexico, Tasting Notes (1 Comment)

Last year I wrote about a winery in Corrales New Mexico, Milagro Vineyards.  Winemaker Rick Hobson’s deft handling of fruit and oak treatment clearly captured my attention.  Earlier this year I revisited Milagro’s wines, and was once again taken in by their well crafted wines.  The dedication to the vineyards and good winemaking is oh so evident at Rick and Mitzi Hobson’s winery.   Here is a peak at just a few of their impressive wines I recently tasted:

Milagro 2007 Chardonnay:  Tropical melon and pleasing minerality in the nose lead to a succulent mouthful of just-ripe pear and melon flavors nicely accented by toasty notes (aged in 25% new French oak barrels).  Round and rich on the palate with the minerality carrying throughout and a good dose of acidity balancing the richness impressively.

 Milagro 2006 Cabernet Franc:  Opens with enticing aromas full of dark berry, violets and a overlay of smokiness that make you want to linger here forever.  Move on though, as the rich entry expands on the palate deliciously with layers of ripe plums, berries and tantalizing herbaceousness.  This full bodied, varietally spot on Cabernet Franc is nicely enhanced with well implemented oak integration, and boasts a yummy, forever finish.

Milagro 2003 Merlot:  Smoky, berry aromas fill the nose and lead to a bright, generous, tasty mouthful of red berries, blueberries and spice.  Focused and nicely structured with plenty of depth and texture.  Judicious use of French oak shows through handsomely.  Drinks beautifully now, with plenty of additional life ahead.

Milagro 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon:  From first whiff, inviting aromas of blackberry and dried herbs beg you into the glass, and you will be glad you acquiesced!  Complex with dark red and black fruit, licorice and clove notes adding dimension.  Firm, finely grained tannins and toasty oak accents blend harmoniously on the palate and linger memorably on the long finish.

  If you have the chance to visit Milagro Vineyards (about 30 minutes from Albuquerque), by all means do so.  You can also check out their website: