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

  • Coyote Crest Vineyards & Winery

    Phil and Marilyn Cool own and operate Coyote Crest Vineyards & Winery. An on-going project, and l...

  • Miro Vineyard

    Bond Estate is in the Onetangi winegrowing region and comprises the 4.2 hectare Miro Vineyard a...

  • Dutcher Crossing Winery

    The Dutcher Crossing winemaking style is “hand-crafted.” From the selection of special blocks of ...

  • Trentadue Winery

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

  • Rusina Wines

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

  • Murphy-Goode Winery

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Trentadue Winery la Storia Petite Sirah 2011

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    The wine of the night on round the world tour for some new people to the PFWC wine cellar. This actually could have sat for another yr or two, but it is big and bold right now and drinking well. Blackberries, dirt and pepper with large tannins and properly scaled acidity makes the mouth go POP! The aftertaste is large and extended. This is why I... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013

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    Blackberry and rich baking spice on the nose with some soft earth and notes of candied plum. This shows a good herbal note in the mouth and powerful fruit notes of dark blackberry preserves, black currant and black cherry, chewy tannins and nice balance. Very creamy on the finish with lovely vanilla notes and a hint of black pepper and cedar. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Trentadue Winery la Storia Zinfandel 2014

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    Not "La Storia", different label. Just Alexander Valley Estate.Good for afternoon drinking. Read More

    Wine review by invinoveritas78


  • 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

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