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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • Sausal Winery

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

  • Trentadue Winery

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

  • Ron Lilly Wines

    My goal is to make a luscious wine that is rich, yet supple. A wine that emphasizes the fruit com...

  • Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate

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

  • William Gordon Winery

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

  • Hauck Cellars

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Great 1st day.  Weather was off and on all day, showers, sun, hail, more ... the grapes were sourced from Alexander Valley as that is where most of the really good Cab comes from. I was wrong - Dry Creek Valley and most excellent at that.  After a quick lunch we were back on the road to Benovia.  We've tasted here before and were excited to in... Read More

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  • Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Good with chocolate. I bought it at Payless Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • BLESS YOU DEAR VIN0VIN0!HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!Alexander Valley does put out good stuff!!We must try to support local USA....in as much as we love European...as you know I am basically ALL FRENCH....but living in the USA, I feel that it is important TO GO LOCAL TOO! THE BEST WHITE IN THE WORLD MAY JUST BE RIESLING!I OFTEN HAVE IT WITH LIGHT DISHES,... Read More

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  • DM - Trump is moving fast on cutting back our freedoms.  The next march is planned for April 15th (normally tax day but that is the 18th this year since the 15th is on a Saturday).  This protest will be to demand his tax returns.  We won't forget....Another lovely meal at Seasons 52 tonight; we were up at the Tyson's Corner mall to meet our gran... Read More

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  • Ridge Geyserville 2007

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    Somewhat of a sour nose. Quite light hit of berry fruit on the tip of the tongue. Tannins are diminished to a chalky sensation. Very delightful on the rear palate. It seems like an integrated, mature wine experience in that areavery smooth. Sourness detected on the nose seems to have dissipated with just a few minutes of air. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Alexander Valley 2013

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    Savory red fruit and earthy notes on the nose. This is soft and creamy in the mouth, but bringing in a tannic backbone that supports the fruit through the mid palate with a tart herbal note and rich strawberry, red currant and red cherry notes leading into a nicely smoky, earthy finish with a pleasant minerality and a cocoa powder and vanilla fi... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander 2013

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    Savory red fruit and earthy notes on the nose. This is soft and creamy in the mouth, but bringing in a tannic backbone that supports the fruit through the mid palate with a tart herbal note and rich strawberry, red currant and red cherry notes leading into a nicely smoky, earthy finish with a pleasant minerality and a cocoa powder and vanilla fi... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • +1 on Ive showing up!  My luck with the St. Cosme brand hasn't been ... al, you might also consider Alexander Valley Vineyards.  In any case, I'm much preferring the 2013s to the '12s.  But I can't buy a case of any of them, because somehow I can't drink as much Cab as I used to.  I don't eat enough stuff that I think it pair with well.  Sigh.... Read More

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Nervo Ranch Heritage 2013

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    Subdued nose of prunes, some earthiness. Very nice on the tip of the tongueagain light suggestion of prunes (with no suggestion of sugar). Some steeliness on the back of the palate. This is not particularly complex, but it is just a super, easy-to-drink wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Canyon Road Cabernet Usa Red 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by GoldenRudy


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