The Alexander Valley AVA is located north of Healdsburg in Sonoma County and was granted status as an AVA in 1984. The Alexander Valley is the largest wine region in all of Sonoma and is also the most heavily planted. The Russian River flows through the valley, surrounded by vineyards on both sides, leading to a very picturesque setting. The signature alluvial soil of the region allows a variety of different vines to flourish here. The Russian River provides early morning fog that covers the lower vineyard areas until it burned off by the morning sun. During the afternoon, the Alexander Valley is one of the hottest areas in Northern California but come evening, the valley cools down significantly. The wide diurnal temperature cycle allows fruit to ripen slowly and retain acidity, leading to a more balanced wine. Wines from the Alexander Valley are known for their luxurious mouth feel and bright flavors. The Alexander Valley produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.
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