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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Varietals Produced in Alexander Valley View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • William Gordon Winery

    Founded in 2006, an Alexander Valley vineyard grows all our own grapes and handles every aspect o...

  • Hafner Vineyard

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

  • Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate

    One place to start the Stonestreet story would be 1989, when we first began making wine here in S...

  • Lancaster Estate

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

  • Murphy-Goode Winery

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

  • 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

  • +1 on Ive showing up!  My luck with the St. Cosme brand hasn't been ... al, you might also consider Alexander Valley Vineyards.  In any case, I'm much preferring the 2013s to the '12s.  But I can't buy a case of any of them, because somehow I can't drink as much Cab as I used to.  I don't eat enough stuff that I think it pair with well.  Sigh.... Read More

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Nervo Ranch Heritage 2013

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    Subdued nose of prunes, some earthiness. Very nice on the tip of the tongueagain light suggestion of prunes (with no suggestion of sugar). Some steeliness on the back of the palate. This is not particularly complex, but it is just a super, easy-to-drink wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Canyon Road Cabernet Usa Red 2007

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    Wine review by GoldenRudy


  • V V - I am truly appreciating the French wines more and more as time goes buy. ... both from Medlock Ames in Alexander Valley, CA.  We started with a 2008 Cabernet Sauvigion (which I finished today and it was lovely) and then opened the 2011 estate red that I feel still needs some time in the bottle.  Earlier this morning I participated in the... Read More

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  • Frei Brothers Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    A damn fine bottle of wine. Maybe the best I've had from that winery. Plenty of firm, dark berry firm, chewy tannins and a core of cedar, chocolate and spice with good acidty for a puckering mouthwatering finish. Really good for the money. Drink or hold - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Frei Brothers Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by jcthomas44


  • Roth Merlot 2013

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    Since Leslie Renaud became the wine maker at Roth, their wines have gone downhill. I will never purchase Roth wines until they get a different wine maker. Read More

    Wine review by Chazz1


  • Unlimited Pours of 7 Wines with DinnerRegister ... Australia, Napa Valley, Alexander Valley, Santa Barbara and Stag's Leap. Read more about each wine below and watch videos about each of these wines at http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/events/the-generous-pour-wine-tasting . The Restaurant: The Capital Grille Wall Street, located at 120 Broadway,... Read More

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  • Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Monument Ridge Alexander Valley 2010

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    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Monument Ridge Alexander Valley 2010

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