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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  • Icaria Creek Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Murphy-Goode Winery

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

  • Sausal Winery

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

  • V-Twin Vineyards

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • "I couldn't read the label in MJ's photo, but assumed it was ... ... cab.  They do make an Alexander Valley Reserve cab." Read my post above, DV, where I list all the bottles. I could see it was a zine, but not read the vineyard nor the vintag Read More

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  • Simi Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Landslide 2009

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    Wine review by smuratore


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  • Daryl Rex Groom Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013

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    Just a lovely Wine. Opens with Chocolate, Clove, Nutmeg, and Cinnamon. Continues with a Raspberry compote and more Chocolate. Long, long finish with soft tannins and good acidity. Sitting in the glass, continues to develop more with deeper complexity of smoke and spice. Incredible value at the Angel pricing of $15.99 Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah California 2009

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    Big rip fruit yet elegant and refined at the same time. This isn't the typical Petite Sirah where it's full bore right out of the gate. It's polished and reserved while still offering reasonable amounts of big fruit. The tannins are there but are very well integrated into the wine. Black and blue fruits with balanced oak provide wonderful balanc... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Trione Red Blend Geyserville 2010

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    Wine review by 0ldmriguy


  • Going for what over the years has been a pretty reliable label: 2010 ... ... ... Seghesio Home Ranch Alexander Valley Zinfandel.  This one hits the sweet Zinfandel spot for me.  Significant blackberry/blueberry fruit on the tip of the tongue, but this fruitiness is modulated by stiff tannin.  Then the acid makes me crave another sip.  Good jo... Read More

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  • Al, my comment about the wine list pics was pretty stupid.  Keep up the ... is a keeper.That Beringer Alexander Valley CS is a very good one, and for $21 at either Total Wine or Costco definitely a "low dollar wine" by my current definition.;-)I guess I'm a day behind v v.  This is my Rhone Blend, tonight, from a much more northern location in... Read More

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  • I buy Zinfandel far too seldom and everytime I drink some I go, "Darn, ... votes on it compared to the Alexander Valley and the Sonoma Old Vine are better!  The Rockpile is voted a 5/5 and is only the next most pricey.  I'll have to try that on Read More

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  • Godwin Family Vineyards Alexander Valley Merlot 2001

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    Wine review by gr82nz


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