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...

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  • 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...

  • Scherrer Winery

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

  • Murphy-Goode Winery

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

  • Coyote Crest Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Icaria Creek Winery

    Welcome to Icaria Creek Winery and Vineyards. We are located approximately 1.5 hours north of San...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by stachlaw


  • Lot 119 Alexander Valley Meritage 2005

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    Wine review by Joyjoy123


  • Murphy-Goode Single Deck Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2012

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    Powerfully aromatic nose of candied raspberry, blackberry and black cherry. A bit restrained in the mouth, with tight, gripping tannins out ahead of the fruit, which shows nicely on the mid palate of blackberry, black currant, leather, espresso beans, and a touch of tar. This is a powerful Cabernet and for lovers of this style of wine it's a rea... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Terra a Lago 2012

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    This is inviting and cool on the nose with soft aromas of crushed violets, blackberries and ripe plums. In the mouth it's quite boisterous and full of fresh acidity, dark chocolate and blackberries and black currants. This is a bold wine that is not afraid to show a good bit of structure and acidity along with the fruit, making it a great candid... Read More

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  • Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Big juicy bunches of blackberry and black cherry on the nose with a bit of an herbal note to it as well. In the mouth, gripping tannins hit immediately and don't let go, almost but not quite masking the blackberry and black cherry fruit with a finish of dark chocolate and coffee. It's possible this will continue to soften over time, so it may be... Read More

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  • Duncan - That's great to hear.  I do hope to enjoy it.  Today I ... ... from Medlock Ames out in Alexander Valley (Sonoma County), CA.  There are several wines here - a 2012 Merlot, a 2012 Right Bank Blend, a 2013 Chardonnay, a 2013 Pinot Noir, and a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Something to satisfy just about all wine drinkers I should sa Read More

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  • Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel "Geyserville" Alexander Valley 2012

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    Red and blue fruit on the nose and bit acholic. Red and blue fruit on the palate with some strong acidity and a fruity medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012

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    Chocolate covered almonds and blackberries give way to crushed velvet fruits; cranberry, black cherry and extra-ripe plums. The fruitiness curtails elegantly into holiday spices and milk chocolate drops. And the finish is nearly endless. Will really shine alongside a plate of hard, funky cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Rodney Strong Symmetry 2012

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    Strong cedar and cinnamon spice box aromas with plenty of heat and ripe cherries. Quite juicy and full in the mouth with baking spices and black cherry aromas, waves of white chocolate and caramel, reasonably good tannic structure and some blackberries and blueberries on the long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley California 2010

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    The wine is an inky black color at the center, leading to some bright ruby along the edges with nice clarity. The nose is just lovely, with notes of black licorice, tarragon, blueberry and some Asian spice. The taste is quite refined, with a some subdued flavors of cassis, blueberry and notes of espresso up front which transition to some elega... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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