I (and others I’m sure) often refer to getting bloggers to do the same thing at the same time as herding cats. It’s difficult and often pointless. With that in mind, as Jefe tried to herd us on our whirlwind tour of downtown Murphys, the occasional “Meow” could be heard escaping from various wine blog folks! Overall I think we had 16 wine bloggers come up to Murphys. An amazing feat when you consider our final destination was 3 hours in the opposite direction! For our first tour stop, we headed to Hatcher, a winery I requested to visit. I had been there last year and I absolutely wanted more of their Mourvedre. Alas. Sold out. Just my luck! However, I loved the Hatcher stemless glasses with their logo etched in!
2008 Pinot Grigio: $16. Floral, honey, lemon, melon, crisp, citrus, light, orange.
2007 Grenache Rose: (I lost the tasting sheet at this point and don’t have price points for the rest of the wines.) Floral, cranberry, lime, strawberry, dry, flowers, red fruit.
2006 Estate Zinfandel: Blackberries, cream, pepper, spice, black fruit, vanilla, oak, some red fruit.
2006 Barbera: Spice, pepper, earth, red fruit, smoky, strawberry, raspberry, tart fruit, spice.
2005 Tempranillo: Floral, violets, black, dark fruit, lean.
2006 Meritage: Cranberry, black fruit, roses, flowers, anise, strawberry, oak.
2006 Syrah: Anise, spice, vanilla, pepper, black fruit, blackberry, black plum, nice structure. I bought a bottle to take home.
2006 Port: Raisins, chocolate, blackberry.
I’m glad we managed to be herded into Hatcher. They are making some excellent wines and since it’s underground, it’s a cool escape on a hot day!