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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Carneros View all

  • 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 ...

  • Hdv

    HdV is a venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the de Villaine Family of Burgundy. T...

  • Bravium

    Bravium translates from Latin as “reward, prize, or gift” and sums up proprietor and winemaker...

  • Acacia Vineyard

    Set just two miles from San Francisco's San Pablo Bay, Acacia Vineyard is in the heart of Napa Va...

  • Robert Sinskey Vineyards

    To taste an RSV wine at home or in a restaurant is a good thing; however, to experience a flight ...

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Carneros on Snooth

  • 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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    No written review

    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

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley


  • Keenan has purchased Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many years. The “Carneros” is the southern region of Napa closest to the San Pablo Bay and is known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Merlot grown in the Carneros tends to be very fruity and soft with distinctive spicy nuances.Keenan began purchas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley


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