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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • Starlite Vineyards

    Starlite Vineyards is a boutique family-owned winery and estate located in Sonoma County’s famed ...

  • Ron Lilly Wines

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

  • Hauck Cellars

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

  • Medlock Ames

    Medlock Ames is located on 335 acres of rolling oak and madrone woodland in the South-Western por...

  • Alexander Valley Vineyards

    Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and...

  • Scherrer Winery

    Since our small winery’s first vintage in 1991, our goal has been to create handcrafted, full-fla...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • 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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    Wine review by gr82nz

  • Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


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    Wine review by stachlaw

  • Lot 119 Alexander Valley Meritage 2005


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    Wine review by Joyjoy123

  • Murphy-Goode Single Deck Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2012


    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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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


    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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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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  • Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel "Geyserville" Alexander Valley 2012


    Red and blue fruit on the nose and bit acholic. Red and blue fruit on the palate with some strong acidity and a fruity medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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