Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wineries of the Sierra Nevada Foothills, Hatcher Winery

Located in the heart of Murphys, under ground! You have to walk down an alleyway, down some stairs and under the main street (I think it is even called Main Street) and you will find a small-darkened room where some of the best wines in the area are served.

Matt Hatcher is the owner and winemaker, and his wine making talents have put Hatcher on the don't miss list of Sierra Nevada Foothill wineries.

All of their wines are under $30 a bottle, (with the exception of their Ice wine at $32) which I feel makes them all a great value.

During my most recent visit last weekend, I enjoyed the 2009 Grenache Rose ($16), it’s light but spicy taste was refreshing and a mouthful for a rose. I really enjoyed its finish. Moving into the reds, the Sewell ($23) this Rhone blend’s is named for the wine makers Dad and it is a worthy tribute. A blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Grenache, and Cinsault brings out the flavors of orange blossom, dry cherry, and lavender. Dry, well balanced and complex. This was a beautiful wine. Lastly for me was their Petite Sirah ($26); I have to tell you, more and more wineries are doing this varietal well; deep, dark, black fruit. Big healthy tannins balanced with bright acidity. Ripe plum and tart cherry lead to a big finish that is classic Petite.

Hatcher is open from 11:00am-5:00pm Friday thru Sunday and 12:00pm-5:00pm Monday thru Thursday. They are located underground on Main Street in downtown Murphys, (across from Grounds restaurant).




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