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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • Miro Vineyard

    Bond Estate is in the Onetangi winegrowing region and comprises the 4.2 hectare Miro Vineyard a...

  • Lancaster Estate

    Lancaster Estate remains true to the founding vision of Proprietor Ted Simpkins. We are a family ...

  • Coyote Crest Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Sausal Winery

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

  • Ron Lilly Wines

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

  • Wilson Fleming Estate Winery

    Trois Voyelles wines are from Alexander Valley's smallest winery, Wilson Fleming Estate. Edith W...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Alden Vineyards 2010

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    Wine review by armanda


  • Alexander's Crown Cabarnet Sauvignon

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • If she's likening it to malolactic, once it's tamed we're talking ... of Simi Winery in the Alexander Valley in 1979,[5] and after enrolling at Stanford University, became President and CEO from 1989 to 1996.[1][3] She is credited with breathing new life into Simi and modernizing it, introducing new winemaking techniques and establishing new v... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A purposely 'bretted' wine?


  • Simoneau Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    What a Cabernet! Absolutely delicious. I'm used to drinking Silver Oak Alexander Valley, and Jordan. This has more character and more elegance than anything I've had out of Alexander Valley so far. I'm a huge fan and look forward to seeing what he does in the future. I'm excited I found this winemaker. Read More

    Wine review by allenmadison


  • Ridgeline Cabernet Alexander Valley 2010

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    A good comeback after a very poor 2009 vintage.Duckhorn purchased the Ridgeline Vineyard in Sonoma from Artesa in June of 2012. This wine now has its graped sourced from Napa and not Sonoma. Mark Beringer is continuing the Ridgeline label for Artesa with this recent release. Great color, good nose, and medium weight and tannins. Mostly mid pa... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Broc Cellars Carignan Alexander Valley 2012

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    Carbonic maceration, organic farming, native yeasts. Spicy on the nose and high-toned if graced with nuanced meaty, smoky, black olive and leathery aromas. Bright on entry and quite acid driven in the mouth, this is packed with juicy red fruit, all cranberry and wild cherry. Theres a nice touch of minerality to the palate and a hint of pomegra... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bill, have you ever come to the right place.  There are a lot of Zinfandel ... ... the Rockpile Area, and Alexander Valley.  However, on this board you will we have fans of Zins from Paso Robles, Sonoma Valley, Sierra Foothills and Napa Valley.  They all have their merit, and I can see how each one of them could be somebody's favorite.Here are... Read More

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  • Trig Point Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Dust Vineyard 2010

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Emark, that might be Mauritson/Rockpile.  When it ships from them, it says ... them, it says something like Alexander Valley Winery.  I know because I just shipped a case to my wife's nephew in FL--belated wedding present. Yes, most of your best Cali Syrah is hard to get in retail establishments.  Smallish producers with dedicated lists.  OT is... Read More

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  • Ed/Dave, the Syrahs that Foxall mentioned are, pretty much, hit or miss on ... ... ... picked up a package from Alexander Valley, and it is on a truck en route to my adobe.)   Ed, I know that TX has ridiculous laws regarding distribution of alcohol, but I also know that some restrictive states will allow direct shipment from a winery to a cons... Read More

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