Stryker Sonoma, Sonoma County

by Stevie on October 21, 2009

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taking in the view from Stryker Sonoma

taking in the view from Stryker Sonoma

I’ve been a member of the Stryker wine club for just over a year now. Hegui and I happened across this marvelous winery on our first visit to Alexander Valley and it’s been a love affair ever since. They produce a large variety of mainly zinfandels and Bordeaux style wines. Their main property and tasting room is located on a slight rise in the valley. It has stunning views of surrounding vineyards and the nearby mountain range. The tasting room is very modern looking and quite elegant. This is the kind of winery to show off to out-of-town guests. My friend, John, has been jonesing to go there for ages, so this past weekend we finally made it.

I’ve hung onto the club membership because I really enjoy their zinfandels, which tend to be lighter and fresher than some of the fruit bombs that I’ve had elsewhere. I have yet to find Stryker Sonoma wines in San Francisco, but I’ve been looking for them. They offer a 20% discount on their wines for club members as well as occasional club-only functions. For the most part, these bottlings are in the $20 to $40 range, so they’re pretty reasonable for Sonoma County. Tasting is fun there. The staff seems really really happy! And they’ll offer you lots of things off the “official” looking tasting list.

welcome to Stryker

welcome to Stryker

2006 Chardonnay Reserve, Russian River Valley: This was pale yellow, with green apple and chalk notes.

2006 Zinfandel Speedy Creek Vineyard, Knights Valley: This was a rusty red color with a peach aroma. It tasted of caramel and blueberry. Hegui and I liked it though Christian complained that it was “too tannic for me.”

2006 Zinfandel “Oz,” Alexander Valley: This was brownish red and smelled smoky. It had medium body and tasted “really light” but we liked it.

classic Stryker Sonoma bottling

classic Stryker Sonoma bottling

2006 Zinfandel Perotti Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley: This too was a brownish red medium bodied wonder. It had a metallic, almost bloody taste, sort of like burning wok with eucalyptus on the short finish.

2007 Zinfandel “Oz,” Alexander Valley: John thought this wine smelled “beautiful” of “roses.” It was more structured than the 2006 with more body and spice on the end. We ended up buying several bottles and having two at our picnic lunch overlooking Lake Sonoma. Mmm!

2007 Zinfandel, Patty’s Patch, Alexander Valley: This silky medium bodied red had cherry and vanilla notes then finished with spicebox.

2006 Merlot Estate, Alexander Valley: This wine was brownish red in color. It smelled buttery and jammy to us. It was medium bodied with a flat sort of metallic taste in the middle with spice and caramel bringing up the end. We all liked it a lot.

2004 Merlot Two Moons Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley: This dark red to purple beauty had a complex thick structure with leather and a tannic bite. It was delicious!

2005 Cabernet Franc Monte Rosso, Sonoma County: This smelled of berry, spicebox and vanilla. It had a silky structure with a fairly short finish. We thought it “was very nice.” Christian found it to be “the best so far.”

2006 Malbec Estate, Alexander Valley: This was presented to us as a “mystery red.” We loved the wine but couldn’t guess its variety. It has a red to purple color with a long finish and a lot of body. It smelled leathery. We tasted notes of caramel, vanilla and spicebox.

there are worse places than Stryker Sonoma to be imprisoned in

there are worse places than Stryker Sonoma to be imprisoned in

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Alexander Valley: This is 100% cab. It was brownish red with no real nose. It was smooth, thick with a very long finish. We noted a lot of fruit: plum, peach, apricot and cantaloupe.

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso, Sonoma County: This purple wine had brown hints along the edge of the glass. It smelled smoky. It tasted of blackberry and walnut. It had a long pleasing finish and seemed more polished than the 2005 Cab.

It was thrilling to get back to Stryker Sonoma after a long absence! Check it out sometime.

beautiful Lake Sonoma

beautiful Lake Sonoma

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Brian Shapiro October 21, 2009 at 11:48 am

It’s a pleasure having you in our club! Thanks for the great review! We are happy you and your friends enjoyed the wine! If you are interested in seeing our wines in the City, I always recommend asking the person who is in charge of the wine list at your local hot spots to carry us! We don’t use a distributor so they would need to contact us directly. Look forward to your next visit!

Brian & the Stryker Sonoma Crew

Heguiberto October 22, 2009 at 4:20 am


Thanks for the tip about Stryker Sonoma wines! We hadn’t realized that you don’t distribute. More reason for folks to visit you there in Sonoma County. We will ask around about getting your wines to San Francisco.

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