Alexander Valley Wine

Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County in California, is named for pioneer Cyrus Alexander. A Pennsylvanian, he chased the gold rush to California and was hired by San Diego landowner Captain Henry Delano Fitch to survey ranch prospects. In 1840, Fitch secured a land grant from the Mexican government for Alexander to manage the Rancho Sotoyome, in what was then still a Mexican frontier. Among other crops, Alexander planted the first vineyard. By 1875, after more settlers came to the valley, more than 230 acres were devoted to vineyards. 
 
But the crop that Alexander Valley was best known for up through the 1960s was prunes. However, because of their increasingly difficult cultivation and price competition, vineyards replaced most of the prunes. Alexander Valley gained AVA status in 1984. The cool climate region grows Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot for reds, and whites such as Chardonnay, Gewurtztraminer Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. ~Amanda Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • Lancaster Estate

    Lancaster Estate remains true to the founding vision of Proprietor Ted Simpkins. We are a family ...

  • Wilson Fleming Estate Winery

    Trois Voyelles wines are from Alexander Valley's smallest winery, Wilson Fleming Estate. Edith W...

  • Goldschmidt Vineyards

    Each Goldschmidt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon profiles a single vineyard, single varietal wine tha...

  • Dutcher Crossing Winery

    The Dutcher Crossing winemaking style is “hand-crafted.” From the selection of special blocks of ...

  • Rusina Wines

    I want to introduce you to a new wine, Rusina, from the heart of the Alexander and Dry Creek Vall...

  • Miro Vineyard

    Bond Estate is in the Onetangi winegrowing region and comprises the 4.2 hectare Miro Vineyard a...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Lot 119 Alexander Valley Meritage 2005

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    Wine review by Mark Ap02


  • Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Alexander Valley 2015

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    Creamy dark chocolate and vanilla extract aromas, oaky and full aromas with blackberries and black currant preserves. A bit of tartness on the palate to start with a creamy texture throughout, grainy tannins and milk chocolate with blackberry jam towards the finish and a fruity, vanilla palate that finishes with good length and depth. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ledson Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Pine Mountain 2003

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Seghesio San Lorenzo Estate 2012

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    Vibrant purple color in the glassmore blue than you normally see. Candied fruit on entry. That seems a bit disappointing. Tannin and acid are, very much, resolved. So, now that Im over the initial fruity blast, Im all over the smoothness. An enjoyable wine, but I think Im going to drink mine up. I see no reason to keep these in the cellar. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013

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    Rich, savory aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry and earthy plum on the nose, lightly floral and complex. Explodes on the palate with juicy cranberry and red currant flavors, a bit of herb, cherry fruit and dry, dusty earth and leather. This is mellow and smooth but very expressive, with herb, fruit and tannic earth in equal parts, good structure a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • From Antonio Galloni... He did rate it 91pts so he does see the value of ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon MonolithAlexander Valley, SonomaRed wine from United StatesDrinking window: 2018 - 2025The appropriately-named 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Monolith is a true powerhouse. Huge beams of tannin lurk in the background in a distinctly virile, massive mou... Read More

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  • I got my case of cab blends from Medlock Ames in Somona County (Alexander Valley). Read More

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  • Alexander Valley Vinyards Temptation Sonoma County Zinfandel 2013

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    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Michael Pozzan Michael Pozzan Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    expected a lot more from such a featured winery... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Rodney Strong Symmetry Red Meritage Alexander Valley 2013

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    Black cherry and cherry cola aromas with floral violets and fresh baking spice. Dark, brooding and richly spiced on the palate, smoky and earthy on entry with faint heat and blackberry, black currant and black cherry fruit, concentrated fruit and a finish of earth and leather. A bold wine with plenty of potential to develop. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • How to buy wines from Alexander Valley in Sao Paulo,Brazil?

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  • 32nd Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend coming up this March 6-7. Over 100 wineries throughout Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys will be sampling wines from their barrels with futures available for sale at significant discounts. Food, wine and fun, what more could you ask for in a weekend? http://www.wineroad.com/annualevents/3

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  • 32nd Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend coming up this March 6-7. Over 100 wineries throughout Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys will be sampling wines from their barrels with futures available for sale at significant discounts. Food, wine and fun, what more could you ask for in a weekend? http://www.wineroad.com/annualevents/3

    Comment by 80553h2w4 80553 h2w4


  • Alexander Valley is a gorgeous appelation filled with rolling hills covered with vineyards. The wines are luscious especially the Cabs, Zins and Merlots, though the Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs are wonderful, too. Since the nearest town is Healdsburg, you can read my comments in the Dry Creek Valley section about Healdsburg.. Simi Winery, Se...

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  • 11th Annual Wine and Food Affair Nov 7th and 8th. Wineries in the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley will be featuring their wines paired with specific dishes. Over 50 wineries are participating and cookbooks with recipes from each winery are included.

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  • Alexander Valley Open House this weekend; $10 gets you a wine glass and food and wine at 7 wineries in the Alexander Valley. They include Alexander Valley Vineyards, Hanna, Fieldstone, Johnson's Alexander Valley, Hawkes, White Oak and Sausal winery. If you visit all of the wineries you are entered into a drawing to win a basket of mixed wines ...

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  • NIce site. Would love to learn more about Rodney Strong vintages

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