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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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

  • Medlock Ames

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

  • William Gordon Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Hafner Vineyard

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

  • 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

  • I had filet of beef and paired it beautifully with '95 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Read More

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  • Prevail West Face 2006

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    Super smooth Read More

    Wine review by Mahee Ferlini


  • Picket Fence Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Black currents and berries. Smooth taste with soft tannins Read More

    Wine review by cerbland


  • Funny thing about these lava lamps - they were just for me to view since this ... the Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley Vineyards and the 'unknown location' Barbera that had minimal information on it's label.  None of the wines tasted cheap or corked, so I was happy about that.  For the next wine tasting party, I might specify a current... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • RRV, what a fantastic place!OT, Fogline has been added to the list, not sure ... farm in the Russian River/Alexander Valley for years.  All in all a fantastic time and a great experience.Third stop was the Wine Guerilla tasting room in downtown Forestville. These folks are producing some world class zins and are obviously having a good time do... Read More

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  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2010

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    Wine review by Dakota916


  • Francis Coppola Direct Cut Cab 2008

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    Wine review by sharonferebee


  • Last weekend was really special.  My sister Carol and her husband Rich ... ... 2010 Silver Oak from Alexander Valley.  Sandra's birthday cake reflects just one more year until retirement.  It was pumpkin ice cream with white cake from Baskin Robins.  The wines were wonderful.  My sisters husband recommended the French Bordeaux wine when we st... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2012

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    Slightly herbal notes of blackberry and black cherry, with a hint of basil. Flavors are full and round, full of cassis, a bit of leather, loads of well balanced oak and cream and a nice warming heat. Finishes clean and long with a bit of tobacco, leather and cocoa powder. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1997

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    Very much an earthy and oaky nose. On the tongue, it takes a half-second to really taste anything. This wine is, pretty much, bereft of fruit,and I am very OK with that. After those 500 milliseconds pass you realize that this wine has an incredibly soft texture. Then you get the slightest hint of currant but more woody flavors and more earthy... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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