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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

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

  • Arger-Martucci Vineyards

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

  • Bravium

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

  • Acacia Vineyard

    Set just two miles from San Francisco's San Pablo Bay, Acacia Vineyard is in the heart of Napa Va...

  • The Donum Estate Winery

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

  • Hyde de Villaine

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

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Carneros on Snooth

  • Keenan has harvested 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

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  • Keenan has harvested 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

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  • Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros 2014

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard 2013

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Hudson Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay 2013

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Domaine Carneros By Taittinger le Reve Blanc de Blancs 2005

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    Wine review by Rich7362


  • Problem isn't PN, Greg, you poor confused soul. Problem is the common ... ... from the cool part of Napa (Carneros) that had as a kicker that it was great with lobster rolls (??!!). Yeah, if you like coke with your lobster, which is one of the TNs mentioned in the circular ("this is a silky-smooth, cola and raspberry bowl of juicy goodness"). ... Read More

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  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros 2012

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    Fairly straightforward aromas of ripe cherry and cinnamon. In the mouth its easy drinking and light, with flavors of black cherry, red currant and cranberry. Smooth finish with a touch of oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Finally made it up to Stony Hill for a tasting, and came away impressed. First ... with the other 10 located in Carneros.Comment (61 views)White2013 Stony Hill Riesling Napa ValleyOptions6/6/2015 - I LIKE THIS WINE: NR (Edit)Excellent balance between dry and sweet, I'm not sure what wins out, maybe the sweetness, but it doesn't matter, this is... Read More

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  • Patz & Hall Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2012

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    Lots of apple and melon aromatics. Similar flavors hit the tongue on introduction. The wine does evolve as it passes back. Some hints of mineral mid-palate. Good citric acid mid- to back-palate. Controlled use of oakyou can detect the complexity that it adds, but this is no butter-bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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