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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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...

  • McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery

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

  • MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

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

  • Domaine Chandon

    Domaine Chandon is one of the most recommended wineries in the Napa Valley, and the only one with...

  • Acacia Vineyard

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

  • Abiouness

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

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Carneros on Snooth

  • Schug Chardonnay Carneros 2013

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    Elegant, full aromas of honeyed baked apple and cream with dried apricot and a hint of pineapple. Flavors are clean and lively, with just enough acidity to buoy the fruit and enough complexity to draw out ripe melon, lemon zest, clementine, apple and a nice long finish touched with butter and lemon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Must have been a friends over kind of weekend.  Had a chardonnay evening, ... ... from Chablis, Burgundy, Carneros, Sonoma and Russian River.  Very interesting all the different flavor profiles coming from the same grape.  My favorite was the Auteur (hints of coconut, banana and pineapple) followed by the Beaujolais Blanc and Chablis.For fun ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Bouchaine Pinot Noir Bacchus Collection Mariafeld 2012

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    Very nice Carneros Pinot. More on the red cherry vs black cherry side, medium acidity, nice body and balance. This is a touch lighter than the Russisan River Pinot we had earlier but it doesn't have quite the bite of acidity either. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Fox, we are having guests, tonight, and I was thinking of offering that Brooks. ... bottlings--Napa Valley and Carneros.  I prefer the Napa Valley bottling.  Most of the grapes for that one are sourced from their estate vineyard on Spring Mountain.  Their Napa Valley Zinfandel is good, and their "Mernet (blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Acacia Chardonnay California a By Acacia 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Pinot Noir Carneros 2005

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    Love it! Great smells and flavored Read More

    Wine review by rpotempa


  • Martin Ray Chardonnay Carneros 2013

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    Pretty decent Carneros chardonnay. Normally the Martin Ray chards are fairly basic but this one has a bit of depth, some nice creaminess, soft lemon pith, decent acidity and a medium finish. Very similar to the 2012. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Simi Chardonnay Carneros 2013

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    Didn't care for it. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2010

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    Bright, fruity, cherry nose with an overall light and sweet taste with some acid. Great as a drinking wine or served with a spicier dish - worked great with a tikka masala. Acidic enough to handle some spice and evens out flavors. Would drink again! Read More

    Wine review by laebrown


  • Mira Winery Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch 2011

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    An impressive Pinot Noir that is easy to drink and has a lovely finish. You can taste all the notes that compliment each other perfectly. Read More

    Wine review by Mira Winery


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