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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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • 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


  • Acacia Pinot Noir Carneros 2012

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    2010 Read More

    Wine review by Teppo


  • La Crema Los Carneros Chardonnay Premier 2008

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    This was part of a Sonoma County trip to Healdsburg/Russian River for some wine tasting fun!This had good nose although a little too oaky for me. It was very buttery with hints of apricot and bouquet but it was too much oakiness to the extend where one could not taste much of the fruit. The taste lingers which was nice.For more please visit http... Read More

    Wine review by shsim


  • Bouchaine Chardonnay Estate Vineyard 2008

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    Fantastic carneros chard. Minerally with a hint of spice and not much oak. Closest thing to a Montrachet Burgundy on this side of the pond. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Clos Pegase Vin Gris Rose Mitsuko's Vineyard 2010

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    Young strawberry and cherry on the palate.. fragrant orchard /floral nose. Although I am partial to stinky pinot roses, I have to say this rose is amazing. Nice fruity/dry balance, with a bit of a herbal tone that I liked. Very well balanced... Highly recommend. A very nice drinker now. Read More

    Wine review by napagirl68


  • Macrostie Reserve Chardonnay 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bonino1010


  • Sean Minor Pinot Noir Napa 2008

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    Wine review by oppidancowboy


  • Ceja Vineyards Sonoma Carneros Merlot 2005

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    Lots of cloves up front, chocolate and raspberries on the finish. Bright fruit-integrated tannins, not overly acidic for a merlot. Great wine. Read More

    Wine review by rjpease


  • Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley Signature Series 2006

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    Solid California PinotTasted March 2011Transparent ruby with black cherry shadows.Smell of prunes and damp roots.Medium-weight complex and satisfying body: It displays chewy, with some acid and some oak.Flavors are simple but full sweet candy flavors balanced by pleasant white pepper.Finish is short and metallic.Overall the Pinot is delicious ... Read More

    Wine review by CENYC


  • Rombauer Merlot Napa Rombauer United States California California 2006

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    This is a great Merlot to go along with a nice steak. Read More

    Wine review by skyherring


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