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The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Napa side is warmer, more suited to varietals such as Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot, while the Sonoma side is cooler, where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can thrive.

The history of wine-making in Carneros dates back to the 1840s, when California was still under Mexican control and General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who was also the Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier, secured a land grant to settle and cultivate Rincon de los Carneros and surrounding territories. This section was managed by his son-in-law, Jacob P. Leese. Grape cultivation began with Leese and as the US gained control over California, more settlers became attracted to the fertile land in Sonoma and Napa Valleys and planted their own vineyards. By the 1870s, William H. Winter purchased 1,200 acres from Leese and cultivated what became the area’s first commercial vineyard, Winter Winery.

In 1881, Winter Winery was sold to James Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Mira "Stanly Ranch" Pinot Noir 2011

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    An impressive Pinot Noir that is easy to drink and has a lovely finish. You can taste all the notes that compliment each other perfectly. Read More

    Wine review by Mira Winery


  • Cline Cellars White Rhone Blend Carneros Marsanne Roussanne 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by napagirl68


  • Robert Sinskey Marcien Proprietary Red 2007

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    92 pts.9/24/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Jessup Cellars Pinot Noir 2011

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    Bright and red, Russian River in style. Nice wine. 90 pts.9/20/13 at Jessup Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Handwritten Chardonnay 2012

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    Acacia nose. Fresh and juicy, white flowers, golden and pink lady apple. Beautiful wine with wonderful balance and flavors. Pure. Outstanding!94 pts.9/20/13 at tasting room Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Tin Barn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Carneros Sonoma County Hi Vista Vineyard 2012

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    Floral and balsamic on the nose with an unusual blend of green herb and new oak that creates the impression of mintiness on the nose. The fruit here is rather subtle with honeydew melon and creamy apple aromas. Almost sweet on entry with green apple acidity quickly adding a bit of tension in the mouth. This has an entice texture, creamy yet vibr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Back at ya, Kim.Thank you for the excellent list.  The good news is that I ... ... Napa and Sonoma called Los Carneros.  Again, this seems to be Chardonnay and Pinot Noir country.Also, I think, of note is a very attractive area in Mendocino County (just north of Sonoma County) called Anderson Valley.  Anderson Valley is definitely "cool climat... Read More

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  • Signorello Estate Pinot Noir las Amigas Vineyard 2010

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    Darknose. Dusty, rich aromas of black plum skin and black fruits. Hints of red fruit as well. Lots of cedar and spice. Big, dark style on the palate. Big cedar and spice flavors along with white pepper, black and purple plum, violets. Very brooding style. Nicely balanced. Has a hint of anise. 87 pts. 5/8/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Viansa Barbera Sonoma County 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by steph999


  • V. Sattui Winery Pinot Noir Carneros Henry Ranch 2010

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    Cola and earth pop on the nose followed by hints of fresh herbs and smoky hickory nuts. This is tight on the nose with a vague sweetness and a low note of blueberry. Nicely balanced in the mouth with a blend of freshness and body that should find many fans. The flavors recall herbs and old wood on the front end followed by blueberry fruit and so... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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