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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • Mojon's Bench Wines

    In truth, that’s the first question people ask. Mojon was the best ball fetcher ever. Throw a ten...

  • Scherrer Winery

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

  • Medlock Ames

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

  • Mantra

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

  • Stuhlmuller Vineyards

    Since 1982, Stuhlmuller Vineyards has built a reputation as growers of world-class grapes, sel...

  • Rusina Wines

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • When the guys at Snooth recently introduced the concept of page ownership on ... ... Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Valley and more2.Town of Sonoma which is a fun little town that is very much oriented to the wine business. In fact BottleShock was filmed in the town of Sonoma because it resemb... Read More

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  • Ridge "Geyserville" Sonoma 2003

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    Served in a vertical tasting with 2004 York Creek and 2005 Geyserville. Clearly the most complex wine of the three, loved the varietal blend. Rich fruit, beautiful garnet color, slight pepper, nice blends of spices. A perfect choice with Braised Short Ribs w/ roasted Root Vegetables served over horseradish mashed potatoes. Read More

    Wine review by ruymann


  • Simi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1995

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    Dark blackish edges with just the slightest sign of age. The nose began as as habit to say 'old wine', which anyone who knows me, knows Im not thrilled. But then this did an amazing transformation within 30 minutes. It was super pure and elegant and a truly memorable bottle of 14 year old cab.Admirable amounts of fruits: black currants, black ch... Read More

    Wine review by Mike Pobega


  • Trentadue Winery Port Blend Alexander Valley Chocolate Amore NV

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    Wine review by syducsb


  • Longboard Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Redgrav 2006

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    Wine review by syducsb


  • Simi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2005

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    a little early to be drinking, heavy berry flavors, cherry, red plums, lacks the tannin for the long haul Read More

    Wine review by StaceKir


  • Stonestreet Fifth Ridgealexander Valley 2004

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    This wine had wonderful cedar, cocoa, and dark fruit aromas, it was rich and lucious in the mouth and was delicious. Sitll needs some time though, the tannins were very grabbing and need to melow a bit. Read More

    Wine review by 80553h2w4 80553 h2w4


  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Reserve 2002

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    Wine review by mdgrinnell


  • Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006

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    This wine has a great berry punch while maintaining some complexity. Has flavors of chocolate, cassis, and oak as well. Decant and let sit for an hour before drinking. Great with steak and meats. One of my favorite Cabs in this price range. Maybe a little overpowering for some palates Martini really did a great job blending different wines Read More

    Wine review by kbrod7


  • Trentadue Winery Zinfandel Alexander Valley la Storia 2005

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    Wine review by mrbadde


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