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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Sausal Winery

    Just outside of Healdsburg on Hwy 128 in the heart of Alexander Valley you will find Sausal Win...

  • Wilson Fleming Estate Winery

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

  • Robert Young Estate Winery

    The scions of Robert Young are descendants of a long line of farmers. Throughout five generations...

  • Murphy-Goode Winery

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

  • Mojon's Bench Wines

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Murphy-Goode Island Block Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2013

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    Slightly hot aromas of dried apricot, honeysuckle and peach. More peach and citrus aromas, a hint of bay leaf and cut lemongrass, green apple, vanilla and a long finish of butter and tea leaf. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2010

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    Elegant and mellow red fruit aromas of cassis and strawberry along with a floral note. This delicate and delicious Cabernet is soft and supple in the mouth, with balanced acidity and ripe blackberry fruit, gentle leather and cocoa notes mix with a bit of black cherry and coffee. For lovers of a gentler, silky style of Cabernet which is perfectly... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Special treat tonight - a very nice 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Moone Tsai ... that is comparable to the Alexander Valley Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon.  I still think the Napa Valley Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon is better though.  Lots of fruit up front but structured tanins.  It has a significant kick with an alcohol level of 15.1% so be p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Czarina, would also love to hear your impressions of that Alexander Valley cab! I've always had a warm spot in my heart for the cabs from there.  I hope to do a tasting of their Alexander Valley vs their Napa, would like to hear from anyone who has already done that. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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    No written review

    Wine review by Dakota916


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