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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 wines from Napa valley that benefit from the high acid, cool climate fruit grown here. – Description from Gregory Dal Piaz

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Straddling the borders of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys on the north coast of San Pablo Bay is the appellation known as Los Carneros – The Rams. Cool and wind-whipped, the AVA has thin soils and little rainfall. During the day, as the sun heats up the vineyards and mountainsides of Napa Valley to the north, the rising hot air draws cool air and fog from San Pablo Bay. The intrusion of fog over Carneros in the early afternoon moderates the vineyard temperatures, providing just the right conditions for growing cool-climate varietals with crisp acidity and moderate sugar levels. Not surprisingly, this challenging microclime attracted vignerons on a Pinot Noir quest. Carneros’ Pinots are praised for their crisp, tight structure, with spicy berry flavors. The region is also known for its Chardonnays and 'Methode Champenoise' sparklers. The former are typically crisp and lively, with lemon and pineapple. With over 1,000 acres of vines overlapping the two well-known valley appellations of Napa and Sonoma, most vintners now prefer to identify their wines with Los Carneros AVA on the label.The marketability of this appellation rests on a truly distinctive terroir. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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