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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Carneros View all

  • Robert Sinskey Vineyards

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

  • Schug Carneros Estate

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

  • Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards

    As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Cave...

  • The Donum Estate Winery

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

  • Truchard Vineyards

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

  • Carneros Creek Winery

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

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Carneros on Snooth

  • Willowbrook Carneros Pinot Noir 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Artesa Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Block 91d Carneros 2014

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    Pure fruited ripe cherry aromas with soft powdered sugar and cool herbal notes blowing through. This is cool, fresh and lively on the palate with gorgeous mixed berry notes and fresh blueberry to start with good complexity filling in towards the finish with soft earth, medicine and cinnamon spice with just a touch of crushed violet petal and fin... Read More

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  • Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Carneros 2014

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    Spiced red currant and raspberry aromas with ripe cherry and and cool floral elegance on the nose. Bright and firm fruit coming through on the palate with zesty acidity and tart focused cherry and cranberry fruit, a hint of medicine and good herbal notes of red licorice and more plum and blossom coming through towards the finish with baking spic... Read More

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  • Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay Carneros 2014

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    Lightly yeasty aromas with pleasant oak coming out of the glass with lovely apple and pear fruit with hints of lemon and white blossom. This is wonderfully expressive on the palate with a firm but rich mouthfeel and finely integrated oak notes that are creamy and vanilla. This turns almost smoky towards the finish with notes of caramel and light... Read More

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  • Artesa Single Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Block 92 Carneros 2014

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    Good fresh fruit aromas here with peach and apple notes with a hint of fresh citrus, light smoke and a hint of vanilla. A bit tart in the mouth that quickly turns gently towards apple notes that are quite creamy sloping on to the finish with notes of pleasant toast and wildflower and a hint of light spice adds a nice complexity. Read More

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  • Artesa Albarino Carneros 2015

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    Soft green apple and light lemon aromas with hints of peach and ripe melon. A hint of green coming through up front and gorgeous soft acidity and notes of lemon and grapefruit with more melon. Nice warm finish with just a touch of oak. Read More

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  • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Carneros 2014

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  • 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

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  • 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


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