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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Varietals Produced in Carneros View all

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Truchard Vineyards

    Truchard Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Proprie...

  • Cuvaison Estate Wines

    Cooled by fog from the San Pablo Bay, the rolling hills of this certified sustainable estate ha...

  • Little Ashby Vineyards

    The first licensed winery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Little Ashby Vineyards, is located on...

  • Ancien Wines

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

  • Roche Carneros Estate Winery

    Even though the Roches raised fine beef cattle, their dreams of owning a vineyard never ceased. I...

  • Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

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

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Carneros on Snooth

  • Bedrock Hudson Vineyard South T'N'S-blocks Syrah 2013

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    Dark purple in the glass. Earthy, maybe a "forest floor" nose. I always get fruit on the tip of the tongue and, sure enough, lite red fruit--cherry, suggestion of strawberry, stone fruit. Then the earthiness happens, mid-palate. Nice tart acid. I could use a bit more backbone from tannin, but I'm still OK with this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros California Chardonnay Chardonnay 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by WineyChrissy


  • Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard 2013

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    The kind of pinot that I like. Not in your face with fruit. There is, in fact red fruit, here, but it is a suggestion, only. That is a good thing. Another suggestion of spicenutmeg? Some earthiness, and some sourness, Appropriately, for a Pinot Noir, not full-bodied, at all. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Apsara Syrah las Madres Vineyard Whole Cluster 2014

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    Nice gentle introduction of red fruits. Minerality pops up mid-palate. Firm, but, certainly, not obtrusive tannin. Good balance. Medium-bodied. A very good wine that is not priced in the stratosphere. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2012

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    Great easy buttery Chardonnay Read More

    Wine review by Anijade


  • Al, I find most red wines, regardless of the maker, from Spring Mountain ... ... has two Merlot bottlings--Carneros and Napa Valley.The Carneros bottling is closer to your expectation for Merlot--a softer wine with "sweeter" fruits.The Napa Valley bottling has a large (undisclosed) percentage of grapes grown in Keenan's estate vineyard on Spri... Read More

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  •  I swear, this wine is like a "baby Cabernet Sauvignon."  I ... this bottling came from the Carneros rather than the estate Spring Mountain vineyard.  An interesting wine.  Not my favorite, but much better than acceptabl Read More

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  • Bedrock Hudson Vineyard South T'N'S-blocks Syrah 2012

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    OK wine, but not my favorite Bedrock. Kind of a "unsweeted prune" entry. Then some pretty serious tannin. If you like a "rustic" wine, this might do it for you. Lots of dustiness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Clos Pegase Chardonnay Mitsuko's Vineyard Carneros 2015

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    Plush and aromatic with green apple and toasted caramel notes, lightly smoked with deep toasted vanilla and a touch of lemon. Creamy, oaky and buttery on the palate, with fruit notes of peppery lemon, green apple and plantain, this finishes with a crisp flash of oak and plenty more melted butter. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros Napa 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by ShanonDean


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