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...

Popular Wineries in Carneros View all

  • Acacia Vineyard

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

  • Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

      Jacuzzi Family Vineyards’ life as a company began in 1907, when Valeriano and Francesco Ja...

  • The Donum Estate Winery

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

  • Hdv

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

  • Bravium

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

  • Adastra Wines

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

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Carneros on Snooth

  • 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


  • Lloyd Cellars Chardonnay 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bonnieleell


  • Lloyd Cellars Chardonnay 2009

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    Wine review by Bonnieleell


  • Bedrock Hudson Vineyard South T 'N' S Block Syrah 2012

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    Big nose of dark berries. Yup, on the tongue, strong blackberry, but without sweetness. So, while I detect fruit on introduction this is not a fruit bomb. Rustic earthiness tames the berries. Gripping tannin and acid. Some tannic bitterness on the back of the palate, but Im certainly not going to kick this one out of bed for eating crackers. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2011

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    Clear, transparent cherry color. Delicate slight red berry aromas. Quite delicate on the tongue. Some hint of cherry fruit, but, make no mistake this is winenot cough syrup. So, Meiomi lovers need not apply. Maybe some bitter chocolate, some tar. Good refreshing acid. Pretty sophisticated wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Greg is certainly a very knowledgeable contributor on multiple boards.  I ... ... a Cline Estate Vineyard (Carneros) Syrah, about  which I am more excited.Please, don't tell Peggy this, but I am going to post her picture on the internet: This is from our last evening on board in the Sabatini's retaurant.Here's me. In my glass is the dregs of t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Roots Run Deep Educated Guess Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by artimage


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    Forum post in the topic 2011 Keenan Merlot Napa...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic 2011 Keenan Merlot Napa...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic 2011 Keenan Merlot Napa...


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