Alexander Valley
Alexander Valley is one of the principal wine appellations of California's Sonoma County. Situated in the northeastern reaches of Sonoma, the district runs from north to south, between the cities of Cloverdale to the north and Healdsburg to the south. This inland locations is very warm, and not surprisingly, excellent for the production of richly flavored red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. White varieties, such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, also perform well.

The typical Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is deep in color with excellent ripeness, displaying black currant and black plum flavors. Generally, an Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is not as tannic or as intense as the finest from Napa valley, but there are exceptions. These wines can be drunk upon release at three years of age, but tend to display greater complexity after five to ten years in the bottle, with the best versions drinking well at twenty or more years of age. The most famous examples of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon are priced between $25-$75 per bottle. (Wine/Appellations)