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

  • Sausal Winery

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

  • Mantra

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

  • Chateau Souverain

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

  • Rusina Wines

    I want to introduce you to a new wine, Rusina, from the heart of the Alexander and Dry Creek Vall...

  • Trentadue Winery

    The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before their region gained a reputation as the...

  • Skipstone Ranch

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2013

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    Finally, an affordable, bold, oak-infused Chardonnay worthy of fine food pairings! I find that when Chardonnay is aged in stainless steel it imparts a sterile, acidic quality that makes the wine less memorable. Allowing the Chardonnay grapes to age in oak, as here, lends complexity and resonance to the wine. Read More

    Wine review by ladyjane9


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2012

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    Lots of sweetish berry flavor in this oneblueberry, currant. Relatively light-bodied (for a red), but no AFWE Pinot Noir light. Very light on tannin. Nice aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Roth Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2011

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    Nice smooth red. Read More

    Wine review by mpboillat


  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander's Crown 2012

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    Powerfully spiced clove, cinnamon and vanilla cream pours off the nose with deep and rich blackberry and black currant notes. Opens up with nice dark chocolate, black olive and espresso up front and good tannic structure around the front of the mouth, then filling in with more rich blackberry and blueberry notes before settling into a warm flora... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2012

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    Deep dark fruits, alcohol and cedar on the nose. Chewy notes of black fruits, dried herbs, and vanilla. Smokey notes of cedar accented by a mild tingly black pepper. This solid medium cab offers a nice long finish with a bit of graphite that sits at the front of the palate.If you're a huge cab fan this one will be middle of the road (probably) b... Read More

    Wine review by ThirstyWineWriter


  • Alexander Valley Vinyards Temptation Sonoma County Zinfandel 2012

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    Medium weight wine with good fruit though no where near jammy. Good acidity as Sonoma wines tend to have and a nice spicey soft tannin finish. Light on the oak. Great QPR!! Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Sorry, Mark, Doty has managed to garner lots of publicity, but his cites over ... a homogenized bomb like an Alexander Valley Silver Oak. Since I won't be able to smell it I'll imagine it's a 1982 Latour. Hopefully its over-the-top approach will allow me to sense at least some fruit, even if viscerally. Now where's the oakiest vanilla-bomb cha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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?


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