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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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

  • Hyde de Villaine

    HdV is a family venture between Hyde Vineyards of Napa Valley and Aubert & Pamela de Villaine of ...

  • Carneros Creek Winery

    The unique cool climate of the Carneros district has drawn grape growers and winemakers to the ap...

  • Mahoney Vineyards

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

  • Cuvaison Estate Wines

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

  • Arger-Martucci Vineyards

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

  • Ceja Vineyards

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

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Carneros on Snooth

  • Keenan Carneros Merlot 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Very attractive, translucent garnet color in the glass. Slightly barnyardy ... ... Very much in the Carneros bottling style of this maker (as opposed to their Napa Valley bottling). Medium-bodied, quite elegant, soft. Noticeable, but just barely, tannins. Nice acid sturdiness. This is definitely in the traditional softer style of Merlot... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • OK, here is one that was delivered a few weeks ago. Keenan has two Merlot ... bottlings--This one, "Carneros," with fruit primarily sourced from the Carneros and, then, filled out with some estate grown fruit from Spring Mountain. A "Napa Valley" bottling which is, more or less, complementary--i.e., fruit primarily source from the Spring Mount... Read More

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  • Scribe Pinot Noir 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Longfellow Pinot Noir Carneros 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Rocker,There are several nutjobs who post stuff like this.  It's been awhile for Keenan Winery, but you're right, it's not worth talking about. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley


  • Stupid question - I've you extol the the virtues of Keenan wines in the past -" We continue to bottle"...do you work for them, why do you do this?    The wine itself is no longer on their website and wine searcher comes up with zilch. It appears to be a waste of time to me. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley


  • Keenan has purchased Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many years. The “Carneros” is the southern region of Napa closest to the San Pablo Bay and is known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Merlot grown in the Carneros tends to be very fruity and soft with distinctive spicy nuances.Keenan began purchas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley


  • Cline Syrah Los Carneros Estate Grown 2013

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    Muted, musky nose. Pretty big hit of fruit is initial taste sensationred plum, maybe, even peach, a slight citrus suggestion. Very big suggestion of sweetness. A very serious pucker factor from tannin. Tannin really helps because it gives the wine a more rustic characteristic that pushes aside the industrial, made to appeal to sweet wine dri... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Kirland Signature Pinot Noir Carneros 2014

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    A bit simple but it is old world in style, tastes like pinot noir and drank nicely with the salmon I had for supper. Just ten bucks. :-) I'm inclined to buy a couple more. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... two Merlot bottlings:  Carneros and Napa Valley.  Both are blendds from, again, the estate vineyard and a Carneros vineyard.   Year in and year out, I find the Napa Valley bottling to be the better.  It shows much more of the tannic backbone--not surprising since it,... Read More

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