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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Mantra

    Mantra is dedicated to producing wines that reflect the unique characteristics of our high elevat...

  • Iron Horse Vineyards

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

  • Chateau Souverain

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

  • Medlock Ames

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

  • Icaria Creek Winery

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

  • Ron Lilly Wines

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Simi Sonoma County Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Geyser Peak Winery Bin 10 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2006

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    The wine is a deep, inky purple at the center, with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, plum and cassis overlaid with some earthy notes of leather and tar. The taste is packed with jammy fruit up front, with blueberry, plum and blackberry, that transition nicely to some notes of black pepper and spice along wit... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Medlock Ames (Alexander Valley, CA) was our method of access to this event, as we belong to their wine club and naturally we were interested once we heard about it.  We sampled their wines of course, and club members were able to try their Snakepit that was held in reserve under the table.  We have a few of the Snakepit releases in our cellar. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Tasting - 2017 'GEMS on...


  • Ridge Geyserville 2010

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    Dark plum color. Very much an earthy nose. Light hit of candied fruit on entry. Then some sour hits. Then some bitterness. That makes for a very unusual experience. Surprising to me, but not altogether off-putting. Also interesting that this is, probably, the lightest bodied Ridge Ive ever had. A good wine, but far from my favorite from... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Benziger Family Winery Merlot Sonoma County 1996

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    dark fruits and soy nose; sweet and spicy, yet well mellowed Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Great 1st day.  Weather was off and on all day, showers, sun, hail, more ... the grapes were sourced from Alexander Valley as that is where most of the really good Cab comes from. I was wrong - Dry Creek Valley and most excellent at that.  After a quick lunch we were back on the road to Benovia.  We've tasted here before and were excited to in... Read More

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  • Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Good with chocolate. I bought it at Payless Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • BLESS YOU DEAR VIN0VIN0!HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!Alexander Valley does put out good stuff!!We must try to support local USA....in as much as we love European...as you know I am basically ALL FRENCH....but living in the USA, I feel that it is important TO GO LOCAL TOO! THE BEST WHITE IN THE WORLD MAY JUST BE RIESLING!I OFTEN HAVE IT WITH LIGHT DISHES,... Read More

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  • DM - Trump is moving fast on cutting back our freedoms.  The next march is planned for April 15th (normally tax day but that is the 18th this year since the 15th is on a Saturday).  This protest will be to demand his tax returns.  We won't forget....Another lovely meal at Seasons 52 tonight; we were up at the Tyson's Corner mall to meet our gran... Read More

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  • Ridge Geyserville 2007

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    Somewhat of a sour nose. Quite light hit of berry fruit on the tip of the tongue. Tannins are diminished to a chalky sensation. Very delightful on the rear palate. It seems like an integrated, mature wine experience in that areavery smooth. Sourness detected on the nose seems to have dissipated with just a few minutes of air. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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