Carneros Wine

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 southwestern edge of the City, Carneros was the first AVA to be determined solely by climate. It has the unusual honor of spanning across the southern reaches of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The climate here is cool, think summer in San Francisco, and while the average rainfall is the lowest in Napa Valley it can be a humid region due the fog that rolls in off the bay. These conditions are ideal for the so-called cool climate grapes of Burgundy. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay rule the roost here yielding ripe yet balanced wines with fresh acidity and a round, friendly feel. Merlot is a distant third, though the cool, crisp quality of the fruit can produce attractively elegant examples and an excellent structural component for blending. Los Carneros is a source of successful sparking Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Carneros View all

  • Saintsbury

    First published in 1920, George Saintsbury’s “Notes on a Cellar-Book” has inspired many to experi...

  • Carneros Creek Winery

    The unique cool climate of the Carneros district has drawn grape growers and winemakers to the ap...

  • Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards

    As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Cave...

  • Domaine Carneros

    Domaine Carneros in the heart of Carneros, is the California expression of the tradition and e...

  • MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

    MacRostie Winery and Vineyards is dedicated to producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot...

  • Bouchaine Vineyards

    Bouchaine Vineyards inhabits the oldest continually operated winery in the Carneros wine region. ...

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Carneros on Snooth

  • Welcome, M Y.  There are 3 or 4 threads here where we discuss the wines we ... preferable to me over the Carneros bottlin Read More

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  • La Tapatia Pinot Noir Carneros 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines Selection.Pale Semi-Transparent Brown Red in the Glass. Opens with bright just ripe Cherry and Raspberry, then bits of earth and dampness, then off to dried fruits. Medium mouth-full, with bits of oak, butter, and herbs. Medium tannins, medium long finish. Nice little one, though a bit too fruit forward, young, and light for... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rombauer Merlot 2013

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    Lacked the fruitiness of the 2010. Smooth, pleasant Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Mark West Pinot Noir Carneros 2013

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    Haven't tried this several years, but it is always good to try again, especially one that is as popular as this is. At the time I remember thinking it was to smokey...still do. Decent fruit and body. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Keenan Carneros Merlot 2013

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    Very attractive, translucent garnet color in the glass. Slightly barnyardy ... ... Very much in the Carneros bottling style of this maker (as opposed to their Napa Valley bottling). Medium-bodied, quite elegant, soft. Noticeable, but just barely, tannins. Nice acid sturdiness. This is definitely in the traditional softer style of Merlot... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • OK, here is one that was delivered a few weeks ago. Keenan has two Merlot ... bottlings--This one, "Carneros," with fruit primarily sourced from the Carneros and, then, filled out with some estate grown fruit from Spring Mountain. A "Napa Valley" bottling which is, more or less, complementary--i.e., fruit primarily source from the Spring Mount... Read More

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  • Scribe Pinot Noir 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Longfellow Pinot Noir Carneros 2010

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Rocker,There are several nutjobs who post stuff like this.  It's been awhile for Keenan Winery, but you're right, it's not worth talking about. Read More

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  • Stupid question - I've you extol the the virtues of Keenan wines in the past -" We continue to bottle"...do you work for them, why do you do this?    The wine itself is no longer on their website and wine searcher comes up with zilch. It appears to be a waste of time to me. Read More

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