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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • X Winery Los Carneros Chardonnay 2007


    Low on the butter (thank Christ) but a bit more vanilla than I like. Mean it in a good way that at it's best moments, drank like Hawaiian Tropic Suntan Lotion with coconut-y-ness. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf

  • Bonneau Wines Los Carneros Chardonnay Catherine's Vineyard 2007


    Warm yellow gold color, at 50 degrees F, aromas of ripe pear and green apple, viscous and round pear, apple and vanilla, balanced with good acidity, continues to a lengthy finish. A terrific Carneros Chardonnay! Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006


    Light, but still reasonably complex with delicate cherry and strawberry flavors. Nice tannins. Though this particular offering from Schug was oaked more than the Sonoma Coast and Carneros pinot noirs that I tasted, it did not create an overpowering or exceedingly full wine, but rather helped to add a subtle complexity. Overall, pretty nice. Read More

    Wine review by 56407Pyrifera 56407 Pyrifera

  • Franciscan Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay 2006


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    Wine review by thejanes

  • Fantesca Chardonnay 2006


    light, crisp, but not sharp. not too much oak. fruity but not sweet. lovely wine. Read More

    Wine review by HR Lady

  • Sinskey Pinot Noir Three Amigos 2004


    excellent- furit forward, but earthy. nice finish. great nose. Read More

    Wine review by christicox

  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006


    Low key kind of action, a lot of depth and delicacy with a lively spark. Intelligent and respectable. A lot of what this juice brings to the table you haven't had in awhile, if at all. Maple, thanksgiving flavors, but not too Martha Stewart, chocolate, blueberries. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006


    Well balance style of CA pinot. Some briar and cola notes on the nose, but this doesnt mask any of the fairly bright fruit. Some smoke and tobacco is mixed in nicely with red and blue fruits on the palate. Spicy zesty tannins finish it off. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006


    A very nice wine. Beautiful earthy, meaty mineral nose - really special. In the mouth its good enough wet wool, barnyard and dirt to keep it interesting, but thats balanced by some very nice spicy glacier cherry and sweet fruit. Very highly recommended Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006


    Spicy nose of black cherries, black pepper, and even a bit of lighter red fruit. The palate is bright, tart, acidic, with bunches of cranberries, oak and leather. Slightly medicinal on the finish, think children's cough syrup or a cherry amaro, which I happen to like... This is a mouth coater and sticks around for quite a while. Read More

    Wine review by mark

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