Stryker Sonoma Winery is located on a straight stretch of rural Highway 128 that runs through the rolling hills of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. The tasting room entrance is a little more than a mile northwest of the junction of Highway 128 and Alexander Valley Road, the epicenter of an almost indiscernible community known to locals as Jimstown.
Alexander Valley is a great area to plan a Wine Adventure. There are many fine wineries nearby. But like most of my better adventures, this visit to Stryker Sonoma was unplanned and turned out to be the best stop of the day.
Stryker Sonoma was established in 1999 and opened its tasting room in 2002. The tasting room offers indoor and outdoor seating from a slightly elevated location that provides great vineyard and mountain views all around. The feel is modern, but warm. Our tasting room host, Heather, did a great job of presenting the offered flight and introduced a few additional wines.
Stryker Sonoma is a small producer, under 6,000 cases annually. Their three sources of fruit are their own estate vineyards, local Alexander Valley vineyards, and the Rockpile AVA in the Sonoma County hills above Dry Creek Valley. Estate varietal wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Alexander Valley wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Sémillon. Rockpile wines include Cabernet Sauvignon and a Red Wine blend (Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc).
There are too many great wines here to taste in one sitting, so Stryker Sonoma is on my list for a return adventure. As usual, I took a couple of my favorites home – the 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($54, 11 barrels produced) and 2012 “Oz” Zinfandel ($35, 12 barrels produced from nearly 125 year old vines).
I recommend Stryker Sonoma Winery as a planned stop on your next Sonoma County Wine Adventure.
Stryker Sonoma Winery
5110 Highway 128, Geyserville, CA 95441
Tasting Room: Daily 10:30am – 5:00pm
Tours and seated tastings by reservation
Disclaimer: My tasting fee was waived when I bought wine. No fee or other inducement was paid for this review.