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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Carneros View all

  • MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

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

  • The Donum Estate Winery

    The Donum Estate is both a place and a unique project. In fact, it’s three places. Donum Ranch i...

  • Ceja Vineyards

    Ceja Vineyards is an ultra premium Latino family owned winery founded by Amelia, Pedro, Armando...

  • Robert Sinskey Vineyards

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

  • Domaine Chandon

    Domaine Chandon is one of the most recommended wineries in the Napa Valley, and the only one with...

  • Arger-Martucci Vineyards

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

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Carneros on Snooth

  • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Carneros 2014

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    Wine review by Jenny M A


  • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Carneros 2014

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    Plump green apple and pear fruit aromas with honey glazing and floral notes of wild blossom. This is quite rich and velvety in the mouth with more fresh green apple and baked apple spice, peach, hints of tart lemon and a bit of pineapple thrown in. A well-balanced full, round mouthfeel here with well integrated oak cream bringing up the finish e... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Just not a good selection of imports in these parts and for good ... parts" stops at Carneros, or maybe even farther north.  (I was going to lead with a snarky comment about your education in post Prop 13 schools, but I can't remember if you are older or younger than I am.) If anything, there may be too much Euro wine at K&L, North Berkeley, Ke... Read More

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  • Starmont Merlot 2012

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    From completely unknown to Holy Cow! in one glass. This is absolutely beautiful. Plenty of dark berry fruits with additional plum and dark cherries on the finish. Earthy tones and tomato leaf meld with mellowed tannins and balanced acidity make this really easy to drink. Wonderful wine, great wine making here. Drink or hold - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Finally.  The Apsara e-mail hit today: Hello Mark,Like a rising ... ... yet:2014 Las Madres Syrah, Carneros - $36 ~ 750ml bottle.75c/s produced. “...Endowed with lovely purity and classiness. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and grilled herbs are all beautifully expressive in the glass.” - Antonio Galloni, 92 points.2014 100% Whole Cluster Las Mad... Read More

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  • Gloria Ferrer Brut Royal Cuvee 2007

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • RBA, nice haul on the bling! She looks very happy.Opened this 2013 Ryme Pinot ... Fairly dark in color for a Carneros pinot but showed lots of juicy red and black cherry, a hint of spiced tea, decent acidity and a medium finish. Overall, a very pleasant quaf Read More

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  • As wine lovers who among us doesn't enjoy doing horizontal tastings of ... ... of ... Luncheon held at the Carneros home of vineyard owners John Painter and his wife Jean. This was the 5th year I have been fortunate enough to attend. The format here is barrel samples of the current vintage post -ML with the winemaker or representative present... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Las Madres 20 Ways


  • Havens Wine Cellars Syrah Carneros 2004

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    Did not expect this syrah to be so youthful. Beautiful dark red color. Nice black pepper on the tongue along with medium tannins.A nice medium finish. Lots of dried dark fruits. All in all this wine was a pleasant surprise and has many more years to go. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Abrente Napa Valley Albarino 2014

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    Really excellent Carneros albarino from Bedrock/Abrente. There's some salinity that goes along with the lemon zest, mouth watering acidity, key lime pie, a hint of hazelnut and a bit of apricot. The finish is medium long. I'm guessing folks are drinking this too cold, it significantly improved as it warmed up in the glass. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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