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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  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • Goldschmidt Vineyards

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

  • Rusina Wines

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

  • Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate

    One place to start the Stonestreet story would be 1989, when we first began making wine here in S...

  • Hauck Cellars

    Passionate about food and wine, we came to the wine business via our stomachs. During our travels...

  • Ron Lilly Wines

    My goal is to make a luscious wine that is rich, yet supple. A wine that emphasizes the fruit com...

  • Icaria Creek Winery

    Welcome to Icaria Creek Winery and Vineyards. We are located approximately 1.5 hours north of San...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Going for what over the years has been a pretty reliable label: 2010 ... ... ... Seghesio Home Ranch Alexander Valley Zinfandel.  This one hits the sweet Zinfandel spot for me.  Significant blackberry/blueberry fruit on the tip of the tongue, but this fruitiness is modulated by stiff tannin.  Then the acid makes me crave another sip.  Good jo... Read More

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  • Al, my comment about the wine list pics was pretty stupid.  Keep up the ... is a keeper.That Beringer Alexander Valley CS is a very good one, and for $21 at either Total Wine or Costco definitely a "low dollar wine" by my current definition.;-)I guess I'm a day behind v v.  This is my Rhone Blend, tonight, from a much more northern location in... Read More

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  • I buy Zinfandel far too seldom and everytime I drink some I go, "Darn, ... votes on it compared to the Alexander Valley and the Sonoma Old Vine are better!  The Rockpile is voted a 5/5 and is only the next most pricey.  I'll have to try that on Read More

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  • Godwin Family Vineyards Alexander Valley Merlot 2001

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  • Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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  • Lot 119 Alexander Valley Meritage 2005

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  • Murphy-Goode Single Deck Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2012

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    Powerfully aromatic nose of candied raspberry, blackberry and black cherry. A bit restrained in the mouth, with tight, gripping tannins out ahead of the fruit, which shows nicely on the mid palate of blackberry, black currant, leather, espresso beans, and a touch of tar. This is a powerful Cabernet and for lovers of this style of wine it's a rea... Read More

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  • Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Terra a Lago 2012

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    This is inviting and cool on the nose with soft aromas of crushed violets, blackberries and ripe plums. In the mouth it's quite boisterous and full of fresh acidity, dark chocolate and blackberries and black currants. This is a bold wine that is not afraid to show a good bit of structure and acidity along with the fruit, making it a great candid... Read More

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  • Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Big juicy bunches of blackberry and black cherry on the nose with a bit of an herbal note to it as well. In the mouth, gripping tannins hit immediately and don't let go, almost but not quite masking the blackberry and black cherry fruit with a finish of dark chocolate and coffee. It's possible this will continue to soften over time, so it may be... Read More

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  • Duncan - That's great to hear.  I do hope to enjoy it.  Today I ... ... from Medlock Ames out in Alexander Valley (Sonoma County), CA.  There are several wines here - a 2012 Merlot, a 2012 Right Bank Blend, a 2013 Chardonnay, a 2013 Pinot Noir, and a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Something to satisfy just about all wine drinkers I should sa Read More

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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

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  • 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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