Stringer Cellars is a family owned and operated boutique winery in Sonoma County. Their wines produce the best expressions of the finest vineyards sites throughout California.
The story goes back to the son’s(Casey Stringer) passion for wine. Casey Stringer attended college in Santa Barbara, California where he started working part time in the cellars of a local winery. Falling passionately in love with winemaking, Casey immediately quit school and traveled to various wine regions(California, Oregon, and New Zealand) to learn winemaking and enology. It was his time in New Zealand that he took a deep dive into the formal side of winemaking and attended classes to gain more knowledge and experience.
Casey returned home to Wisconsin with a deep desire to make wine. He and the entire family started making wine in their garage from grapes that Casey had sourced from California. The wines were such great quality that they became a huge success and the family decided to build a winery in Wisconsin. For many reasons they later decided to make wine in California, rather than bring grapes to Wisconsin. A move that for all practical purposes was the best decision they made.
Casey(the eldest of the Stringer sons) took the lead as winemaker. Casey’s brothers, Tim and Andrew help with the cellars, sales and marketing. The patriarch, Chip oversees the operations. The entire family loves to pour for wine events and chat with fellow wine lovers about their wines.
Stringer Cellars is making wine from some of the best vineyards in California(i.e. Pritchard Hill, Soda Canyon, Ballard Canyon, Santa Rita Hills, Yountville). Casey wines are powerful and elegant. He believes wine is made in the vineyards and has a minimalist approach to winemaking, in order for the fruit and terroir to shine through.
Award Winning Syrahs
Being the “Syrah Queen” it takes a lot for me to get excited about Syrahs, as I am invited to taste so many of them. I am drawn to the classic Northern Rhone style Syrahs, with black fruits, violet and chocolate along with savory hints of olives, bacon fat, white pepper and charcoal smoke. I like Syrahs that are bold yet precise with fine integrated tannins.
I was thoroughly impressed and excited by both the Syrahs from Stringer Cellars. The two Syrahs are distinct and different in style, but both incredibly delicious.
The Harrison Clarke Vineyard is located in the Purisima Hills, in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, within the boundaries of the newly designated Ballard Canyon AVA. The sandy soils and cool microclimate make this an ideal site for Syrah.
This 100% Syrah is dark, intense and complex. On the nose the wine exhibits complex aromas of red fruit with a hint of licorice and earthiness. On first taste, there are notes of cherries, dark plum, black pepper and exotic spices. Full bodied on the palate with assertive tannins and a bright long finish.
This Syrah comes from the hilly 6000 acre Alder Springs Ranch in the far northern region of Mendocino County. “Spirit Rock” is the highest elevation planting at Alder Springs Vineyards at 2700 feet. The sparse soils contribute to the intense and exotic structure of Syrah.
The wine has deep garnet color with hints of purple shining through. Smokey aromas with notes of blackberries and spice. On the palate peppery notes are accompanied by hints of raspberries, blackberries and minerality. The wine is powerful yet delicate. The mouthfeel is round and elegant with nice acidity and silky tannins.
** Wines received as media samples. All opinions are my own.**