Carneros/Napa Valley

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Carneros/Napa Valley

The Carneros appellation of northern California is a 36,900 acre viticultural area, which straddles the border between Napa and Sonoma counties at their southern extremity. It is also the first American viticultural zone to be defined according to microclimate rather than along political lines. Located between the Mayacama Mountains and San Pablo Bay at an elevation of 120 to 260 feet above sea level, the appellation is known for its unique soil and climatic conditions. This superb viticultural area, characterized by a long, cool growing season tempered by the maritime breezes and persistent fogs of the coast, is the perfect environment for the classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties which have made Carneros famous. The Carneros soils are poor and shallow, and rainfall scant. These conditions result in a low yield per vine and superb fruit concentration. Temperatures in Carneros average ten to 15 degrees below those in the Napa Valley, slightly warmer than temperatures in Champagne yet cooler than those in Burgundy, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, achieving an optimum balance of ripeness, acidity and complexity, and a harmonious evolution of the organic elements in the fruit.

Mike Trujillo
President & Winemaker
Sequoia Grove Winery