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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Varietals Produced in Alexander Valley View all

  • 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

  • Hafner Vineyard

    We're a small family winery tucked away in Alexander Valley, 15 minutes from Healdsburg. You w...

  • Stuhlmuller Vineyards

    Since 1982, Stuhlmuller Vineyards has built a reputation as growers of world-class grapes, sel...

  • Icaria Creek Winery

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

  • Sausal Winery

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

  • Hauck Cellars

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

  • Rusina Wines

    I want to introduce you to a new wine, Rusina, from the heart of the Alexander and Dry Creek Vall...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    A deep, dark wine that's great for a chilly night. A heaping helping of dark fruits, purple lollipops, and a sweet, vaguely vanilla finish. Great with a meal. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Denier-Handal Vineyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2009

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    A little too young and too fruity for my taste but had this along with a tasting of 2 other wines, trying to choose what to have with my meal, so might have been better than that comparison showed.. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah 2012

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    Sorry, this is the 2010... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 3 1997

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    No written review

    Wine review by CH2


  • Emark, we also had an excellent Merry Edwards tasting, back in Nov. 2010. ... ... opened a NV Roederer Estate (Alexander Valley) Brut to go with some manchego cheese. Followed this up with some pan sauteed soft shell crabs and an '09 Scherrer chardonnay. Life is good and we are in our happy plac Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Alexander Valley Harris Kratka Vineyard 2006

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    There is a pleasant blackberry hint on introduction to the palate, but nothing obnoxious. Then, I, sadly, detect over the top on the alcohol. Then there is a serious hit of tanninwith which I am very OK. After about 40 minutes of air, components seem a bit more integrated, but I still dont think its enough. Now, its tasting more jammy. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Yesterday I was recovering from Monday night.  You see, Sandra & I ... ... a glass of Silver Oak (Alexander Valley) and I barely remember what it tasted like.  I could not finish it so Sandra drank over half of that glass plus her own white wine.  I had most of a steak but of course I don't remember it.  Yes, I asked Sandra to drive us home i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • The remodeling sounds great.  We're due to start our upstairs bath ... ... A 2005 cab from the Alexander Valley sounds deliciou Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Celebrating the return of our master bath after 6 weeks. Out with the big tub ... in the oven. I do love Alexander Valley Cabs! Although this is a blend - 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. The nose is full of briar, blackberry and a hint of smoke. On the palate there's a rush of red and black cherry and cranberry, the tannin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I was right, Taste of Sonoma was a cattle call. The gates opened at 11:00, we ... ... From left to right: Alexander Valley Alexander on left Dry Creek right rear. Dry Creek on left, Reserve Tasting Tent on right Sonoma Valley background left, RRV on right. More food booths... The tents have the winery tables interspersed with food being prepar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Wine Country Weekend


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