Down Underground to Get Out of the Rain (Sun)

(Really, it was sunny and beautiful on my whole California trip and I wanted to spend all day outside.  Alas 😉 , the lure of the call of wine is just too strong and often draws me in.)

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 Zinfandel: Pepper, violets, berries, red fruit, spice, cinnamon, tannins.

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.