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 »

Varietals Produced in Alexander Valley View all

  • 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

  • Chateau Souverain

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

  • Stuhlmuller Vineyards

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

  • Alexander Valley Vineyards

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

  • Hauck Cellars

    Passionate about food and wine, we came to the wine business via our stomachs. During our travels...

  • Coyote Crest Vineyards & Winery

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

  • William Gordon Winery

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • We're just cleaning the house this weekend, getting ready for my youngest sister and her husband to come visit for a few days starting next Thursday.  They live in Corvallis Oregon, and we visited a few wineries with them up in the Willamette Valley last year during our 2-week tour of Alexander, Napa, Anderson and Willamette Valleys in 2013.  Ho... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Sonoma Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2011

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    Barnyard notes on the nose. Fresh and moist fruits on the palate. The tannins are kind and gentle -- they don't grip at all. Milk chocolate finish. A surefire win on a Wednesday night. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • I ordered two bottles of 2010 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) last Thursday from WTSO ($130 total), and it was supposed to ship that same day - but it didn't go anywhere until last night.  I was going to enjoy one over the weekend but now that my precious wine has arrived, I believe I will enjoy some tonight with a beef pot pie! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • I don't know that I have a "favorite" <$20 CS, but as an ... ... ... NapaBV NapaSimi AlexanderAlexander ValleyClos du ValBenziger SonomaSt. Francis ClaretJoel GottAngelineLyeth Red MeritageIf I buy six bottles (mixed is OK) and get the 10% discount, then these would come in under $20 and I would be very OK with them:GirardSchug SonomaBuehler N... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Alexander Valley-Cabernet Sauvignon Franc

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lhers


  • Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by jasond7


  • Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    A deep, dark wine that's great for a chilly night. A heaping helping of dark fruits, purple lollipops, and a sweet, vaguely vanilla finish. Great with a meal. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Denier-Handal Vineyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2009

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    A little too young and too fruity for my taste but had this along with a tasting of 2 other wines, trying to choose what to have with my meal, so might have been better than that comparison showed.. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah 2012

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    Sorry, this is the 2010... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

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    No written review

    Wine review by CH2


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