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...

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  • Adastra Wines

    The name Adastra is taken from the Latin saying per aspera ad astra, “through striving to the sta...

  • Hdv

    HdV is a venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the de Villaine Family of Burgundy. T...

  • Cuvaison Estate Wines

    Cuvaison has been making great Napa Valley wines for over 40 years. We strive to be a sustainable...

  • The Donum Estate Winery

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

  • Domaine Carneros

    Domaine Carneros in the heart of Carneros, is the California expression of the tradition and e...

  • Ancien Wines

    In 1992, we harvested our first two tons of Pinot Noir from four rows atop a knoll in the southwe...

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Carneros on Snooth

  • 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


  • Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir California Coastal 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by AdleyL


  • Schug Chardonnay Carneros 2013

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    Red apple and lemon curd notes on the nose with cream and peach. Tart lemon notes on the palate, somewhat restrained in flavor but bursting with acidity, this shows a touch of peach and a white blossom note towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

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    Bright nose of tart green apple, some vanilla. Green apple very up front on entry along with some tropical fruit and melon flavor. A bit of oaky bitteriness. Nice tart acid. A back-of-the-palate sensation that makes me think clovealthough, it certainly does not taste like clove. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Hard to say what it exactly is, but we've all had moments when wines were ... hours of air)-2007 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir-2010 Jadot Meursault Charm Read More

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  • Rombauer Merlot 2010

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    Lovely on the nose. Fruity and very smooth . This is one i want to keep around, not for every day. For days with a reason to want something more. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Patz & Hall Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

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    Tropical fruitkiwi, papayaand, maybe, stone fruit on the tip of the tongue. Stone or slate mid-palate. Light touch of oak. Refreshing tartness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dalia Ceja la Tapatia Chardonnay Carneros 2013

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    A Naked Wines Selection, but a knock-out. Pale golden yellow in the glass. Opens with a load of Vanilla/Jasmine/Hibiscus, then Blueberry/Vanilla/Cola, and finally, Toffee & Cream on the nose. Most of this moves on to the palate, but after that, some grapefruit and lemon cream. More Oak/Butter/Vanilla than Fruit, but well balanced. Big and full ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ryme Cellars Vermentino 'His' las Brisas Vineyard Vermentino Carneros. California 2014

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    The color is very much on the peach side. The nose is over ripe orange/tangerine. The flavors also come out as ripe tangerine, ripe pineapple and orange soda. We only have one bottle so I'll look for others to add their impressions. Seems to be in line with my notes from the 2013 vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Acacia Chardonnay California a By Acacia 2012

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    Just an ok wine for me. Drinkable, light and smooth but lacks any depth. Mediocre wine in my opinion but not terrible. Read More

    Wine review by jgcole


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