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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Chateau Souverain

    At Souverain, our goal is to make authentic wines that are the best expression of each varietal a...

  • Sausal Winery

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

  • Wilson Fleming Estate Winery

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

  • Robert Young Estate Winery

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

  • Murphy-Goode Winery

    At Murphy-Goode, winemaking isn’t just a family busness; it’s a family tradition – one that’s end...

  • Mojon's Bench Wines

    In truth, that’s the first question people ask. Mojon was the best ball fetcher ever. Throw a ten...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Marietta Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Opens with lavender and peach jam, then bits of cinnamon, licorice, anise, vanilla, and cedar. Nice bits of plum and cherry preserve. Silky long finish of blueberry and fudge and oak. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Blue Rock Baby Blue Red Blend 2012

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    Wine review by Rcrump


  • On second look there are more than three wineries. My mistake, it was 3 ... ... ... River Valley wineries3 Alexander Valley wineriesKinda funny seeing Armida, Forchini listed as best Pinot noir as they are known for their Zinfandel and Deerfield who advertises their top rated Zin and Syrah at their entrance. Obviously paid advertising from an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Guide to Great Sonoma...


  • Sandra and I stopped by a little wine store called The Bottle Shop yesterday on ... Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley in Somona County, and a special treat - a 2012 Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington's Red Mountain; this is a new member of the Duckhorn Vineyards family that we heard about a few weeks ago.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandel Sin Zin 2012

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    Wine review by Kolaweste


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandel Temptation 2012

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    Wine review by Kolaweste


  • Scherrer Winery Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2012

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    Very similar to the '09, just going to paste my TNs from that one - This is a big, fresh, juicy, Russian River chardonnay. It is well balanced with apricot, honey, ripe pear, ripe apple, nice acidity and a touch of oak. This has great mouth feel and a wonderfully long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • You guys will probably say I wasted my money, but Sandra gave me the go-ahead ... Napa Valley grapes and the Alexander Valley grape Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Geyser Peak Devil's Inkstand Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011

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    Deep inky red color. Aromas are quite pronounced, with black currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit and an herbal note of eucalyptus. Very full mouthfeel, deep and rioe with blackberry fruit, cinnamon and clove, supple tannins, black olive and more than a hint of toast. Some coffee notes, dark cacao nibs and overall an elegant presentation d... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Geyser Peak Devil's Inkstand 2011

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    Dark black fruit aromas of black currant, blackberry, and cinnamon with some wooded aromas of cedar and forest floor. A strong blend of Cabernet and Petit Verdot, this wine has a fair bit of structure and good fruit flavors, with some savory notes of teriyaki and black olive, clove, cinnamon, black currant and a long finish with chocolate coffee... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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