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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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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  • Abiouness

    If you've followed the history of the winemaker, you will find us in the year 2000. Still working...

  • Hyde de Villaine

    HdV is a family venture between Hyde Vineyards of Napa Valley and Aubert & Pamela de Villaine of ...

  • Carneros della Notte Vineyards

    This new producer is created in partnership by three men of diverse backgrounds and is producing ...

  • Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards

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

  • Mahoney Vineyards

    Francis Mahoney appointed Ken Foster, veteran Pinot Noir winemaker, to oversee production at Maho...

  • The Donum Estate Winery

    The Donum Estate is both a place and a unique project. In fact, it’s three places. Donum Ranch i...

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Carneros on Snooth

  • "Guess what day it is"  It's Wednesday, April 15th ... ... ... in the rolling hills of Carneros in Sonoma. It's been cool, foggy and windy the past few days leading up to the event but our hosts John Painter and his wife Jean Gadiot have a special deal with Mother Nature and always seem to have ideal weather conditions. This day was in the mi... Read More

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  • Are you staying at the SMI? Lucky dog! Since you are staying in Sonoma proper ... ... drive over to Domaine Carneros.If Zinfandel is your thing give Ravenswood a visit. There area ton of options out there and I chose a few easy ones for you based on popularity and history. You could always browse my Sonoma County Winery info page and see what... Read More

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  • MW, you mentioned Keenan above.  I have been one of their apostles for ... ...  Napa Valley and Carneros.  I generally prefer the Napa Valley bottling.  Most of its fruit comes from the Keenan Estate Vineyard on Spring Mountain.  So, it is quite tannic and has the heft of a Cabernet Sauvignon.  It is not, particularly, fruity.  To me the Carn... Read More

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  • I've had some nice cheap PN from NZ, but nothing that stood out.  If ... ... snob effect, then RRV, Carneros and SLH might as well be my reference points, with a does of Oregon as well.  I haven't brought myself to learn the terroir of NZ, especially since I'm not running out to drink more of their SB.&nbs Read More

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  • Clos Pegase Merlot Napa Valley Carneros Mitsuko's Vineyard 2009


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    Wine review by mariaisip

  • Monica?  You keep finding them v v.My soft spot for Keenan is pretty well ... think the rest comes from Carneros.  Anyway this is one of the least tannic red wines from Keenan I have ever had.  Quite soft and round.  Some cherry fruit and some herbal hints.  Normally, I would not recommend a Keenan for a Merlot lover--typically, they are more ... Read More

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  • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Carneros-Napa Chardonnay 2009


    Lots of fruit flavor on introduction to the palatemelon, pineapple, and, as the wine moves farther back, lemon. A very round and quite full-bodied wine. Tartness keeps it refreshing. Oak is most noticeably apparent in the vanilla aftertaste. I REALLY like this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Sean Minor Carneros Pinot Noir 2011


    This is a very subtle and fruity Pinot Noir with a flavor that lingers on the tongue for long after the wine has passed down the gullet. Anyone looking for something super-bold should go elsewhere but I'm not a big fan of tannins and I loved this wine. Earthy, fruity, flavorful, but not overpowering. I'd buy it again Read More

    Wine review by tomlib

  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2013


    2 bottles rejected by our guest because of Frizzante, a bubbly spritz on the palate. This was confirmed on both issues. One by taste and one by sound. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Mondavi Napa Reserve Cabernet 2008


    Deep fruity wine, solid napa cab. Enjoyed by both Carolyn and I Read More

    Wine review by jcottrell

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