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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • Hafner Vineyard

    We're a small family winery tucked away in Alexander Valley, 15 minutes from Healdsburg. You w...

  • Robert Young Estate Winery

    The scions of Robert Young are descendants of a long line of farmers. Throughout five generations...

  • Starlite Vineyards

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

  • Lancaster Estate

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

  • Sausal Winery

    Just outside of Healdsburg on Hwy 128 in the heart of Alexander Valley you will find Sausal Win...

  • 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

  • Fidelity Crazy Creek Estate Alexander Valley 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Kkaty


  • Ferrari-Carano Prevail Back Forty Alexander Valley 2012

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    Light heat and spice on the nose with cinnamon notes and a blend of blackberry and raspberry notes. Fairly tight and focused on the palate with full rich flavors of chocolate and coffee, bright acidity and delicate notes of molasses and blackberry preserve. Turns slightly herbal on the finish with a bit of licorice and a vanilla cream finish tha... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • That is interesting, OT.  You may or may not remember after your last OVZ ... OVZ ... by a red wine from Alexander Valle Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013

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    Wow, very plush, very smooth, not too dry like some cabs, long finish. Under $20, loved it. Read More

    Wine review by fsufans


  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013

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    Dark blackberry aromas and black cherry preserves with an herbal note in the glass. Rich chocolate and black cherry in the mouth, with waves of chewy tannins coming in through the midpalate and adding an excellent texture to the plum and black currant flavors. On the finish this again turns a bit herbal showing some black olive notes alongside d... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • As Austin Powers would say... 2009 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Scherrer ... ... California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley (1/12/201)           Day 3... Strawberry, cherry and oak on the nose. Chocolate covered strawberries, raspberries and cream are abundant along with rose petals and spice. Just a hint of tannins on the finish. Fresh, elegant... Read More

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  • This is why wine is so fascinating! Everybody has a different palate! I've never had the Alexander Crown but I've had a few of the Brother's and Rockaway and they were both very good. Would I buy them again..... Maybe...... But I would not rule them out 100%. I also had two bottles of the Beringer Knight's Valley this past year and I was not ove... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you would not drink...


  • The industrial wines are no-brainers for such a list.  My mind immediately went to expensive wines that woefully under-deliver.  I've had several BC wines that were verging on $100 and were not as good as some of the $19 ones I'm drinking now.  Of course, vintage is a big part of it.  California, I'd say I will not buy the Rodney Strong Alexande... Read More

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  • Can I recommend that we post a picture of the bottle that we definitely would not drink again?  You can probably find a picture on the Internet if you didn't take one when you drank it (and who would take a picture of a wine you would rather forget....).  That Beringer Knight's Valley is a very good wine for the $20 price.  I'm not sure if I've ... Read More

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  • Chateau St Jean Cabernet Alexander Valley 2012

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    Nice light cab - Angelina's Read More

    Wine review by graceface0408


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