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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • Ron Lilly Wines

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

  • Scherrer Winery

    Since our small winery’s first vintage in 1991, our goal has been to create handcrafted, full-fla...

  • Chateau Souverain

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

  • Alexander Valley Vineyards

    Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and...

  • Goldschmidt Vineyards

    Each Goldschmidt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon profiles a single vineyard, single varietal wine tha...

  • Wilson Fleming Estate Winery

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Celebrated a friend's birthday party with some of her favorite wines from ... rich.The Chateau St. Jean Alexander Valley was highly hyped and lived up to it's billing.  A perfect wine to finish the night by the bonfire. Read More

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  • Er, ok.  Alexander Valley.  I was already drinking the stuff when I posted you see.  Those lamb chops would have been much better than my beef pot pie.  I'm not feeling that great this morning and I blame the pie.Sandra and her friend Lynn enjoyed a nice 2015 Chablis at Dish last night, prior to their attending The King and I performance at The ... Read More

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  • Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Hawkeye Mountain 2010

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    Wine review by Phyllis49


  • Round 4 - and now for all of my Snooth US colleagues - the US setFirstly - if I ... - if I ... Estate 2013 [Alexander Valley]Solid CS Probably my least favourite of the set but still a good CS - just seemed to lack the power of the othersAUD85 seems a bit pricey for what it deliveredOverall the Matthhiasson and the Mount Eden were excellent wi... Read More

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  • Simi Sonoma County Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Simi Sonoma County Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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  • 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

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  • 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


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