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

  • Mantra

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

  • Goldschmidt Vineyards

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

  • V-Twin Vineyards

    It's simple, really. We love wine and we love motorcycles. My wife & I were both born and rais...

  • Iron Horse Vineyards

    Drive past the berry farms on Ross Station Road, past the point where you can’t imagine there’s a...

  • Dutcher Crossing Winery

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

  • Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate

    One place to start the Stonestreet story would be 1989, when we first began making wine here in S...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Fidelity Crazy Creek Estate Alexander Valley 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Kkaty


  • Ferrari-Carano Prevail Back Forty Alexander Valley 2012

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    Light heat and spice on the nose with cinnamon notes and a blend of blackberry and raspberry notes. Fairly tight and focused on the palate with full rich flavors of chocolate and coffee, bright acidity and delicate notes of molasses and blackberry preserve. Turns slightly herbal on the finish with a bit of licorice and a vanilla cream finish tha... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • That is interesting, OT.  You may or may not remember after your last OVZ ... OVZ ... by a red wine from Alexander Valle Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013

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    Wow, very plush, very smooth, not too dry like some cabs, long finish. Under $20, loved it. Read More

    Wine review by fsufans


  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013

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    Dark blackberry aromas and black cherry preserves with an herbal note in the glass. Rich chocolate and black cherry in the mouth, with waves of chewy tannins coming in through the midpalate and adding an excellent texture to the plum and black currant flavors. On the finish this again turns a bit herbal showing some black olive notes alongside d... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • As Austin Powers would say... 2009 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Scherrer ... ... California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley (1/12/201)           Day 3... Strawberry, cherry and oak on the nose. Chocolate covered strawberries, raspberries and cream are abundant along with rose petals and spice. Just a hint of tannins on the finish. Fresh, elegant... Read More

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  • This is why wine is so fascinating! Everybody has a different palate! I've never had the Alexander Crown but I've had a few of the Brother's and Rockaway and they were both very good. Would I buy them again..... Maybe...... But I would not rule them out 100%. I also had two bottles of the Beringer Knight's Valley this past year and I was not ove... Read More

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