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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Robert Sinskey Vineyards

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

  • Truchard Vineyards

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

  • Roche Carneros Estate Winery

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

  • Mahoney Vineyards

    Francis Mahoney appointed Ken Foster, veteran Pinot Noir winemaker, to oversee production at Maho...

  • Schug Carneros Estate

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

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Carneros on Snooth

  •  I love that there are wineries there producing relatively tiny volumes of ... low-volume producers. Carneros is down by the bay more isn't it?  Cooler there?  Yes, absolutely.  I'm not sure, the now absent OT could correct me, but I think the Las Madres Vineyard is at the extreme western edge of the Carneros AVA in Sonoma County and is, practi... Read More

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  • Emark, I love that there are wineries there producing relatively tiny volumes ... at the winery probably eh?Carneros is down by the bay more isn't it?  Cooler there? VV, that Spanish thing looks right up my alley.&nbs Read More

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  • Apsara Syrah las Madres Vineyard Whole Cluster 2014

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    Very similar, I see, to my previous report. Pretty--more blue than red--purple color in the glass. Bright red fruit--cranberry, plum--on the tip of the tongue. Some minerality, mid-palate. Very sedate tannin. Some "spritziness" on the tongue which I would attribute to acid. Read More

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  • Actually it's what i drank yesterday, but was a little...let's say ... ... Valsecchi Vineyard Zinfandel Carneros and the:The 2015 Calera Fortieth Anniversay Pinot Noir Central Coa Read More

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  • August Briggs Pinot Noir Carneros 2014

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    Definitely, a dusty nose. Slightly murky red plum color. Quite tart red fruit--raspberry, strawberry--on entry. Medium bodied, and I'm OK with that. Surprisingly (for a PN) fair amount of tannin makes this an enjoyable wine for me. Read More

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  • Apsara Syrah Carneros las Madres Vineyard 2015

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    Very nice introduction of red fruit--strawberry, cherry, red plum. Reasonable acid, but certainly nothing that would bother most. Some, mid-palate savoriness. Quite light on tannin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mending Wall Brown Ranch Carneros Chardonnay 2016

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    Whoa. Seriously oaked. Lots of vanilla, caramel. Some tropical fruit. Not an awful wine, but if you are a White Burgundy fan, I'd be hard pressed to understand why you would like this. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • No sooner than the Fedex driver dropped off our fall Bedrock allocation their ... blocks Napa Carneros  (x3)2017 The Bedrock Heritage Red Sonoma Valley  (x2)2017 Esola Zinfandel Amador County  (x2)2017 Evangelho Heritage Red Contra Costa County  (x2)2017 Judge Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley  (x2)2017 Old Vine Zinfandel California  (x5)2017 Wirz... Read More

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  • Keenan Winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa ... Reserve, Merlot Napa Valley, Carneros Merlot, Mailbox Reserve Merlot, Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain, Syrah Napa Valley , Zinfandel Napa Valley, Mernet proprietary red blend, Chardonnay Napa Valley and Summer Blend (white blend).  On the estate, the winery grows... Read More

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  • Patz and Hall Chardonnay Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2014

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    Nice tart entrycitrus and tropical fruits. Mouth-filling. Initial sensation is fruit, but there is some stoniness, here. Some caramel, but, overall, a fairly light hand on the oak. Acid tartness makes for a very refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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