Context: we were on our way to a hatcher dinner event and decided to visit the tasting room in Murphy's where two of us did the tasting. It is free for wine club members and five dollars otherwise.
Atmosphere: the tasting room is in this back basement room that is kind of difficult to locate. From main street you have to look down the little alleyways for the hatcher sign. It's across the street from grounds. It is very small inside so only about ten people can taste comfortably and even then it's quite loud. There is a long granite bar.
Service: the servers were quite friendly if not deeply knowledgable.
Wine: the wines are good, solid choices and for the price, mostly around $20, a good buy. They tend to have a similar spicy profile, as if all had a Zinfandel background, but there are exceptions like a lovely, soft petit verdot. The spicy wines are full flavored and fruit forward. Whites are also fruit forward but not sweet. They can make up to 50 or so wines so there is a wide selection. The tasting room offers about seven to taste. We especially like the viognier, the 08 merlot, the reserve Cabernet 08 and the estate zin 08.
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