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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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006

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    Mellow aged red/brown color. Instantly cleared out my nose with its high alcohol content. Very acidic with a subtle dry spiciness on the finish. Not amazed. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Rombauer Napa Valley Merlot 2003

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    This wine is a winner that I can't imaging anyone not enjoying. Great flavor, very drinkable, likely not to be on many "best ever" lists, but for $30 it's very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by hitsnerrors


  • La Crema Los Carneros Pinot Gris 2007

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    Great value wine from La Crema. Only available in through their tasting room but worth the effort to get.Colour: Golden almost honey likeAroma: Pear, honeyTaste: Very good acidity, long finish, melon with lemon zest. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • By far the most famous appellation in California, and for that matter in the ... to North and then back again.Los Carneros- The first AVA one comes to as one splits off the Napa Vallejo Highway and takes route 29 towards the City of Napa from the south is Los Carneros. Reaching from close to the southern border of the county to the southwester... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What Were Why - Napa Valley's...


  • Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley Signature Series 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by freakdafunk


  • Cuvaison 2002

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    nothing special. not much fruit. past peak? lots of oak Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Okay, I've gotten to the point where I can admit that I love wine. However, I ... La Crema region Pinot Noirs (Los Carneros, Russian River and Anderson Valley - $34) but this is value buy!Snooth Reviews:2005: http://www.snooth.com/wine/la-crema-pinot-noir-sonoma-coast-2005-9/2006: http://www.snooth.com/wine/la-crema-sonoma-coast-pinot-noir-20... Read More

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  • Castello di Amorosa Pinot Bianco Los Carneros 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by ubignut


  • Reserve 2001

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    I am from Oregon and we have stellar pinot noirs but I absolutely LOVE this reserve pinot! If you guys have a chance to visit this vineyard, please do! It has spectacular views and the service is impeccable, not to mention amazing wine! Read More

    Wine review by gfruechtel


  • La Crema Los Carneros Pinot Gris 2006

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    Once again, a solid value from La Crema. This is one of their limited availability wines that has a great flavour for the money. It is a little sweet but has good acidity and pairs well with spicy food ... yes, if you read my reviews I am always on the look out for wines that pair well with spicy food. Serve this one chilled as well. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


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