Carneros, CA

Bread and Butter Chardonnay, Sonoma Area Ca, 2015 $15.99

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Since this wine is sourced from two different vineyards in California. We are going to talk about just one of the regions, Carneros. The first subappellation of Napa Vally, which was approved in 1983. Carneros actually is the only subappellation in California that spans both Napa County and Sonoma County. With is 7,000 acres planted in a much cooler climate than most of the rest of Napa Valley. Carneros was the first growing region granted AVA status based on climate. 

Carneros (officially named Los Carneros but rarely referred to by this name) is a very cool district and since the 1980s has become increasingly identified with outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Now, in the early part of the twenty-first century, other areas, such as the Russian River Valley and the southern Central Coast, are heralded as equally good districts for growing these two grapes. Carneros continues to hold its own, as amply demonstrated by the long-term loyalty of its grape growers and wine producers. 

Carneros is more about its vineyards that any particular wineries located in the AVA, and it is the quality of its vineyards that has made its reputation. High quality wine producers line up to purchase grapes grown from such well known Carneros properties as Hyde, Hudson, Sangiacomo, Truchard, and Winery Lake and are willing to pay a premium to feature the name of the vineyard on their wine label.