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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Carneros-Napa Chardonnay 2009

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    Wine review by jcottrell


  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Schug Chardonnay Carneros 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Thanks, everyone, for your feedback and advice.  I was too harsh in my ... Noir likeCambria and Acacia Carneros.  Zin's alcohol content is too high for me and Barbera/Sangiovese are generally too dry.  This year's Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is terrible: cheap flavors, $9 pricetag and a heck of a hangover the next morning. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice


  • Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2011

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    Full and richly complex aromas of black cherry and chocolate, toast, oak and vanilla and a bit of tar. Flavors are smooth, with round tannins, cinnamon, baking spice and cedar box, leather, tobacco and beautiful black cherry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ryme Cellars Vermentino 'His' las Brisas Vineyard Vermentino Carneros. California 2013

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    Really, really nice Carneros vermentino from Ryme Cellars. I get some apricot on the nose and then butterscotch candy and dried apricot on the palate. Gold in color from extended skin contact but not heavy. Slightly more round and savory than bright or acidic. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Acacia Pinot Noir Carneros 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mnotani


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