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

  • Mantra

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

  • Starlite Vineyards

    Starlite Vineyards is a boutique family-owned winery and estate located in Sonoma County’s famed ...

  • Iron Horse Vineyards

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

  • Ron Lilly Wines

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

  • V-Twin Vineyards

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

  • Scherrer Winery

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Ridge Geyserville 2013

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    Very interesting wine. For those who recall the days when a Zinfandel was characterized as brambly, this aint it. The front label indicates that this wine is 73% Zin, 17% Carignan, 9% PS and 1% Mourvedre. This is a pretty gentle wine. A fair amount of red berry fruit on introduction, but nowhere near the tannin that I would expect. Not real... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Toby Lane Vineyards Rose Alexander Valley 2013

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    Solid wine built along the lines of a weaker red than a rose. Aromas of cherry and raspberry mix with anise, chocolate and spice - though they are heavier, it is still a refreshing wine. Drink now - Paul 86 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Esa Pekka Salonen is one of the great musicians of our day.   Have fun.Was ... ... to Sonoma County--Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian RIver Valley, Sonoma Valle Read More

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  • D, the "observed" incidences of doing blinds--not anecdotes of ... ... different bottles of Napa or Alexander Valley tossed in, a couple from a vintage that wasn't the vintage of the decade/century/millenium--then you actually get a little honesty in the game. So a few people got 10 - 12 out of 12.  I would love to see the score cards, but kee... Read More

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  • Trentadue Winery la Storia Petite Sirah 2011

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    The wine of the night on round the world tour for some new people to the PFWC wine cellar. This actually could have sat for another yr or two, but it is big and bold right now and drinking well. Blackberries, dirt and pepper with large tannins and properly scaled acidity makes the mouth go POP! The aftertaste is large and extended. This is why I... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013

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    Blackberry and rich baking spice on the nose with some soft earth and notes of candied plum. This shows a good herbal note in the mouth and powerful fruit notes of dark blackberry preserves, black currant and black cherry, chewy tannins and nice balance. Very creamy on the finish with lovely vanilla notes and a hint of black pepper and cedar. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Trentadue Winery la Storia Zinfandel 2014

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    Not "La Storia", different label. Just Alexander Valley Estate.Good for afternoon drinking. Read More

    Wine review by invinoveritas78


  • Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2013

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    Finally, an affordable, bold, oak-infused Chardonnay worthy of fine food pairings! I find that when Chardonnay is aged in stainless steel it imparts a sterile, acidic quality that makes the wine less memorable. Allowing the Chardonnay grapes to age in oak, as here, lends complexity and resonance to the wine. Read More

    Wine review by ladyjane9


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2012

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    Lots of sweetish berry flavor in this oneblueberry, currant. Relatively light-bodied (for a red), but no AFWE Pinot Noir light. Very light on tannin. Nice aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Roth Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2011

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    Nice smooth red. Read More

    Wine review by mpboillat


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