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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • V-Twin Vineyards

    It's simple, really. We love wine and we love motorcycles. My wife & I were both born and rais...

  • Hauck Cellars

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

  • Skipstone Ranch

    Skipstone is a private winegrowing estate located in the hills above Alexander Valley. Our 200 ac...

  • Iron Horse Vineyards

    Drive past the berry farms on Ross Station Road, past the point where you can’t imagine there’s a...

  • Wilson Fleming Estate Winery

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

  • Scherrer Winery

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

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  • RRV, what a fantastic place!OT, Fogline has been added to the list, not sure ... farm in the Russian River/Alexander Valley for years.  All in all a fantastic time and a great experience.Third stop was the Wine Guerilla tasting room in downtown Forestville. These folks are producing some world class zins and are obviously having a good time do... Read More

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  • Francis Coppola Direct Cut Cab 2008

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    Wine review by sharonferebee


  • Last weekend was really special.  My sister Carol and her husband Rich ... ... 2010 Silver Oak from Alexander Valley.  Sandra's birthday cake reflects just one more year until retirement.  It was pumpkin ice cream with white cake from Baskin Robins.  The wines were wonderful.  My sisters husband recommended the French Bordeaux wine when we st... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2012

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    Slightly herbal notes of blackberry and black cherry, with a hint of basil. Flavors are full and round, full of cassis, a bit of leather, loads of well balanced oak and cream and a nice warming heat. Finishes clean and long with a bit of tobacco, leather and cocoa powder. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1997

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    Very much an earthy and oaky nose. On the tongue, it takes a half-second to really taste anything. This wine is, pretty much, bereft of fruit,and I am very OK with that. After those 500 milliseconds pass you realize that this wine has an incredibly soft texture. Then you get the slightest hint of currant but more woody flavors and more earthy... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • We're just cleaning the house this weekend, getting ready for my youngest sister and her husband to come visit for a few days starting next Thursday.  They live in Corvallis Oregon, and we visited a few wineries with them up in the Willamette Valley last year during our 2-week tour of Alexander, Napa, Anderson and Willamette Valleys in 2013.  Ho... Read More

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  • Sonoma Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2011

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    Barnyard notes on the nose. Fresh and moist fruits on the palate. The tannins are kind and gentle -- they don't grip at all. Milk chocolate finish. A surefire win on a Wednesday night. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • I ordered two bottles of 2010 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) last Thursday from WTSO ($130 total), and it was supposed to ship that same day - but it didn't go anywhere until last night.  I was going to enjoy one over the weekend but now that my precious wine has arrived, I believe I will enjoy some tonight with a beef pot pie! Read More

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  • I don't know that I have a "favorite" <$20 CS, but as an ... ... ... NapaBV NapaSimi AlexanderAlexander ValleyClos du ValBenziger SonomaSt. Francis ClaretJoel GottAngelineLyeth Red MeritageIf I buy six bottles (mixed is OK) and get the 10% discount, then these would come in under $20 and I would be very OK with them:GirardSchug SonomaBuehler N... Read More

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  • Alexander Valley-Cabernet Sauvignon Franc

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    Wine review by Lhers


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