My next stop in Murphys was Hatcher Winery. Hatcher’s tasting room is in the basement of a building, down a short alley, down a flight of stairs, into a cave-like space. I loved this tasting room. The tasting bar is made of a beautiful stone top, spans the entire long-side of the tasting room, and could easily accommodate 20 or more people. On the wall, a gorgeous candelabra casts a glow across the dark tasting room, flickering candlelight lights your tasting glass.
2007 Viognier: $24. Honey, peach, pear, spice, toffee, crisp, dry, sharp finish.
2007 Grenache Rose: $16. Strawberry, lime, lemon, citrus, cherry, dry as a bone. Loved this wine, I took one home.
2006 Barbera: $24. 18 months in oak. From Amador County. Smoky, vanilla, perfumed, leather, red fruit, big berries, raspberries.
2006 Merlot: $22. Grass, leather, red fruit, earth, berries, cherries, smoky vanilla.
2005 Cabernet Franc: $24. Strawberry, cherry, smoke, vanilla, nutmeg, cherries, tobacco leaf, roses.
2006 Mourvedre: $24. Smoky, campfire, earth, black cherry, dark and earthy, fresh fruit, good structure. My favorite of the tasting, I took home 2 bottles.
I cannot wait for the wine from my Murphys adventures to arrive! I’m quite excited to mix in some wines from a different region into my repertoire, not to mention how good the quality overall of everything I tasted was. Some of these wines are going to live in my basement for a while, but the whites and roses should make it up here in short order.