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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  • 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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  • Ancien Wines

    In 1992, we harvested our first two tons of Pinot Noir from four rows atop a knoll in the southwe...

  • McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery

    McKenzie-Mueller is a small, family-run winery committed to making high quality wines. Founded i...

  • Arger-Martucci Vineyards

    Our Vineyards, planted on gentle hillsides at 1,350 feet above the valley floor in the Atlas Peak...

  • MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

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

  • Schug Carneros Estate

    Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and life-long dream of one of Ca...

  • 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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  • Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Pinot Noir Carneros 2005


    Love it! Great smells and flavored Read More

    Wine review by rpotempa

  • Martin Ray Chardonnay Carneros 2013


    Pretty decent Carneros chardonnay. Normally the Martin Ray chards are fairly basic but this one has a bit of depth, some nice creaminess, soft lemon pith, decent acidity and a medium finish. Very similar to the 2012. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2010


    Bright, fruity, cherry nose with an overall light and sweet taste with some acid. Great as a drinking wine or served with a spicier dish - worked great with a tikka masala. Acidic enough to handle some spice and evens out flavors. Would drink again! Read More

    Wine review by laebrown

  • Mira "Stanly Ranch" Pinot Noir 2011


    An impressive Pinot Noir that is easy to drink and has a lovely finish. You can taste all the notes that compliment each other perfectly. Read More

    Wine review by Mira Winery

  • DMCKER - Yes, I drink exclusively Calif. Pinots, such as Acacia Carneros, Cambria, Calera and Greg Norman.  Someday I'll get around to trying Meiomi and Flowers. I hate Willamette PNs.  They lack structure and flavor.  I tried a French PN recently and it wasn't fruit forward enough for me.  The only other Italian red I drink is Montepulciano d'A... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report

  • Artesa Chardonnay Carneros 2010


    Chardonnay typique californien. Vanille à la fin. Je remonte ma note. Read More

    Wine review by Ivan Chaney

  • DM, I agree with you, completely on the microclimate comment.  I have ... ... ... seems to concede that Carneros and Oak Knoll have microclimates that are Chardonnay-friendly.  I suppose if this really bothered me, I could just shoot an e-mail to Heitz and Lewis and ask. Clearly, my non-chalance about the replanting of the Long vineyard is no... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article

  • Mark, Carneros and Oak Knoll get most of the Napa mention for cooler weather (Pinot, Chard, Merlot), but I don't see any reason why Pritchard Hill would be any less, it probably carries an elevation along with it. For that matter, any mountain site in Napa with elevation such as Howell or Mt. Veeder would be interesting, but the opportunity cost... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article

  • Thank you for the link, John.  Very interesting.Her comments about losing ... ... for that wine comes from Carneros, which I would assume to be much cooler than Pritchard Hill.This brings the following question to my mind. What areas in Napa Valley are well-suited for Chardonnay?  I suspect that much Chardonnay that is labeled "Napa Valley" co... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article

  • Robert Stemmler Pinot Noir Nugent Vineyard Grown Carneros 2006


    Somewhat musty nose with some vegetative hintsgreen pepper. On the palate the wine leads with the standard PN cherry. Towards mid-palate the cherry does diminish to and morphs into a slight woody bitter flavor. Some tartness also comes in to make me forget the initial cherry. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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