Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Just 45 minutes north of San Francisco and adjacent to the San Pablo Bay, Los Carneros straddles the Sonoma County /Napa Valley border, and was the first of California’s cool regions to be widely recognized for exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietal expression.
FOOTHILL ORIGINS Many of the best vineyard sites in Carneros are in the foothills that cascade off the Mayacamas range of neighboring Napa Valley. The elevation of our vineyards provides serious structural integrity to both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, distinguishing it from the lower-lying areas. Two primary soil types prevail: Haire and Diablo . The best vineyards sites are in the foothills, where these well-drained soils naturally restrict vine vigor and encourage firm structural elements in the wines.
NATURAL AIR CONDITIONING The vineyards of Los Carneros are subjected relentless afternoon breezes that charge up the rolling hillsides from the San Pablo Bay, cooling the vines and slowing the ripening process to preserve natural acidity and fruit vibrancy (the winds are sometimes referred to as the “Carneros Express.”)
Pinot Noir:Deeply concentrated flavors. Supple ripe cherry, earthy spice, velvet texture, broad tannins.
Chardonnay:Vibrant and beautifully balanced. Bright orange, stone fruit, butterscotch, lemon zest, mineral and toasty shortbread.