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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  • 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...

  • 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

  • Schug Carneros Estate

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

  • 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...

  • Little Ashby Vineyards

    The first licensed winery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Little Ashby Vineyards, is located on...

  • Acacia Vineyard

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

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Carneros on Snooth

  • As wine lovers who among us doesn't enjoy doing horizontal tastings of ... ... of ... Luncheon held at the Carneros home of vineyard owners John Painter and his wife Jean. This was the 5th year I have been fortunate enough to attend. The format here is barrel samples of the current vintage post -ML with the winemaker or representative present... Read More

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  • Havens Wine Cellars Syrah Carneros 2004

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    Did not expect this syrah to be so youthful. Beautiful dark red color. Nice black pepper on the tongue along with medium tannins.A nice medium finish. Lots of dried dark fruits. All in all this wine was a pleasant surprise and has many more years to go. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • 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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    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


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