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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

      Jacuzzi Family Vineyards’ life as a company began in 1907, when Valeriano and Francesco Ja...

  • Domaine Carneros

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

  • Adastra Wines

    The name Adastra is taken from the Latin saying per aspera ad astra, “through striving to the sta...

  • Carneros della Notte Vineyards

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

  • Bouchaine Vineyards

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

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Carneros on Snooth

  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros 2012

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    Fairly straightforward aromas of ripe cherry and cinnamon. In the mouth its easy drinking and light, with flavors of black cherry, red currant and cranberry. Smooth finish with a touch of oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Finally made it up to Stony Hill for a tasting, and came away impressed. First ... with the other 10 located in Carneros.Comment (61 views)White2013 Stony Hill Riesling Napa ValleyOptions6/6/2015 - I LIKE THIS WINE: NR (Edit)Excellent balance between dry and sweet, I'm not sure what wins out, maybe the sweetness, but it doesn't matter, this is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Stony Hill, Napa


  • Patz & Hall Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2012

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    Lots of apple and melon aromatics. Similar flavors hit the tongue on introduction. The wine does evolve as it passes back. Some hints of mineral mid-palate. Good citric acid mid- to back-palate. Controlled use of oakyou can detect the complexity that it adds, but this is no butter-bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carneros is at the SanFranBay end of Napa Valley, Al. It's a smaller, more-defined appellation than 'Napa Valley', of which it is a subset, so it's generally more expensive because of that.Won't be so much of a problem, Mark, when MS has shrunk to complete obscurity, which will likely happen well within our lifetimes.Wonder how much control we'l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Aspara Syrah Carneros las Madres Vineyard 2013

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    Opened from my vault and let a glass sit for about a half-hour before tasting. Viney or herbaceous nose. However, as the wine warms up a bit Im starting to get a cocoa or mocha thing. A bit stark on entry. Light hit of various red-fruit flavorsred plum, red cherry. Something of a hint of coffee or, maybe, nuttiness around the edge of the to... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Arger-Martucci Syrah Carneros 2008

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    The wine is a deep purple color at the center leading to a bright garnet color along the edges with just a hint of opacity. The nose is quite nice, ripe black fruits and anise transition to some wonderful mineral notes. The taste is very pleasant with some nice blackberry and cherry cola notes at the outset that transition to some lovely dark ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir California Coastal 2011

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    A decent table wine. A little sharp, which you'd expect from this price wine, but the flavor is very bright and soft. I was given this at a museum function. I would like to serve it with a sharp cheddar or bold bleu some evening hanging out with friends. Read More

    Wine review by reneeannbutler


  • "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

    Forum post in the topic A day in the life, 2015 Las...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Napa and Sonoma


  • 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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