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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Saintsbury

    First published in 1920, George Saintsbury’s “Notes on a Cellar-Book” has inspired many to experi...

  • Domaine Chandon

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

  • Fleur de California

    With the enthusiasm of his twenty-five years and confidence in California’s potential for produci...

  • Bouchaine Vineyards

    Bouchaine Vineyards inhabits the oldest continually operated winery in the Carneros wine region. ...

  • Bravium

    Bravium translates from Latin as “reward, prize, or gift” and sums up proprietor and winemaker...

  • 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

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  • Acacia Pinot Noir Carneros 2014

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    Ugly chemical noseprobably sulphur. Light cherry flavor on the tip of the tongue. Then, not much of anything else. Pretty much, a pedestrian wine. On the other hand, once you get past the nose, it really doesnt suck. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Buena Vista Carneros Pinot Noir 2012

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    In the glass the wine is translucent and with a brownish tinge to it. On the tongue Im getting some cherry cough syrup that has been the rage with California PNs, these days. On the other hand, Ive had worsemuch worse. In all honesty, the sensation fades fairly quickly. Sturdier tannin that I see in most CA PNs. To me that makes it taste mo... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Poseidon Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2014

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    Acquired in Kaua'i, Hawai'i, after a Golden State Warriors 2017 series clenching loss at Cleveland. Only to let our family get home to celebrate their Game 5 victory. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Aspara Syrah Carneros las Madres Vineyard 2013

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    Oh boy. This one is in a good spot right now. Charming red fruit on entry. Still supportive but definitely not obtrusive tannin provides good structure. Acid provided refreshment. Winner, winner. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Welcome, M Y.  There are 3 or 4 threads here where we discuss the wines we ... preferable to me over the Carneros bottlin Read More

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  • La Tapatia Pinot Noir Carneros 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines Selection.Pale Semi-Transparent Brown Red in the Glass. Opens with bright just ripe Cherry and Raspberry, then bits of earth and dampness, then off to dried fruits. Medium mouth-full, with bits of oak, butter, and herbs. Medium tannins, medium long finish. Nice little one, though a bit too fruit forward, young, and light for... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rombauer Merlot 2013

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    Lacked the fruitiness of the 2010. Smooth, pleasant Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Mark West Pinot Noir Carneros 2013

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    Haven't tried this several years, but it is always good to try again, especially one that is as popular as this is. At the time I remember thinking it was to smokey...still do. Decent fruit and body. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Keenan Carneros Merlot 2013

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    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


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