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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Varietals Produced in Carneros View all

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Carneros View all

  • Cuvaison Estate Wines

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

  • Abiouness

    If you've followed the history of the winemaker, you will find us in the year 2000. Still working...

  • Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards

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

  • Truchard Vineyards

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

  • Schug Carneros Estate

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

  • McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery

    McKenzie-Mueller is a small, family-run winery committed to making high quality wines. Founded i...

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Carneros on Snooth

  • Charles Krug Carneros Chardonnay 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by pboss

  • Neyers Chardonnay Carneros 2010


    A very big buttery chard. Nice straw color. On the nose a hint of grapefruit!, some vanilla and a hint of oak. The legs are slow. On the palate again some grapefruit with a hint of lemon, some nice vanilla with ever so slight touch of oak. The rather high alcohol content never shows through all these wonderful flavors. I savor the medium to long... Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1

  • St. Clement Chardonnay Carneros 2009


    Not. Big white wine drinker but this was pleasant. I picked up banana and some peach on the mid and no palate. Light for a Chard with not much bite....which is good for my tastes. Pleasant easy drinking Chard. Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

  • I'm finishing off the remainder of this 2000 Vino Bambino that I opened ... 2000 vintage so as far as Carneros Pinot goes this has some good age on it. The fruit is still present and shows ripe cherry and a hint of strawberry. Loads of acid keeps this bright even at 13 year of age. Advanced color is completely brick red and the nose shows the ... Read More

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  • Bouchaine Chardonnay Estate 2010


    Excellent Carneros chardonnay. Crisp with lemon pith, lemon cream, great balance and real nice acidity. Some nice depth and a mouth coating finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Robert Sinskey Marcien Proprietary Red 2007


    92 pts.9/24/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Robert Sinskey Pov 2009


    92 pts.9/24/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir 2010


    90 pts.9/24/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Robert Sinskey Abraxas Vin de Terroir 2012


    88 pts.9/24/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Trinitas Pinot Noir 2010


    Soft berry and cherry on the nose. Big acid. Purple plum and cherry palate with loads of sour cherry. 86 pts.9/15/13 at Trinitas Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

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