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Tastes Of Alexander Valley Wineries

Alexander Valley Wineries are located in the Northeastern part of Sonoma County. The AVA is planted with an extremely high proportion of vineyards in relation to the amount of arable land. The Alexander Valley extends from the Russian River in the south to the Mendocino County border in the north.

 The viticultural area is approximately 20 miles long and ranges from under 2 to over 7 miles wide. It covers about 75,000 acres, 13,000 of which are planted with vineyards. The land was once dominated by livestock and orchards, but is now densely planted with vineyards.

The Alexander Valley officially became an AVA in 1984 and is best known for medium to full-bodied red varietals. Unlike many premium California Cabs and Merlots, wines from the valley have the reputation of being quite approachable in their youth.

The 2001 vintage is showing early signs of being a classic. The Simi 2001 Alexander Valley Merlot is a tremendous wine at a very good value. This is a powerful, well-balanced Merlot, that is very food-friendly. I am a big fan of Simi Winery, as they always overdeliver distinctive wines at fair prices.

Varietals, Wines, Wineries, and Destinations

Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc are the most widely grown varietals by Alexander Valley Wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc are usually grown in the northern, warmer part of the AVA. Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer are generally grown in the south of the AVA and are exposed to more fog from the nearby Russian River.

Tastes Of Alexander Valley Wineries

There are over 160 growers and 28 wineries in the AVA. Alexander Valley Vineyards encompasses the original property settled by Cyrus Alexander. The Wetzel family currently owns the vineyards which extend from the valley floor into the eastern hills of the valley.

Ch Souverain is located in the western foothills adjacent to Dry Creek Valley. The winery currently produces about 200,000 cases of wine a year.

The Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association is a great source of information about notable Alexander Valley Wineries in the area including, Jordan, Geyser Peak, Field Stone, and Robert Young Winery, to name just a few.