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Carneros Wine Alliance Unveils “Voices of Carneros” Campaign The marketing program for Carneros has never been particularly noteworthy of late, but that is about to change. This month, the Carneros Wine Alliance (CWA), a non profit association of wineries and grape growers in the Carneros AVA, announced a new online media campaign called “The Voices of Carneros,” and unveiled a new website at www.carneros.com. The campaign is focusing on Carneros Chardonnay in 2014. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of CWA as one of the founding California AVA associations. Carneros is the only California AVA that spans two counties and is a complex appellation deeply rooted in agriculture and history. This cool climate region is influenced by the maritime weather of neighboring San Francisco and San Pablo bays, and has long been known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine production. It was the first California AVA to be defined by climate characteristics rather than political boundaries and achieved AVA status in 1983. The first local featured in The Voices of Carneros Campaign is Alison Crowe, winemaker for Garnet Vineyards.

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The Carneros Wine Alliance, a non-profit association of wineries and grapegrowers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), announced the launch of a new online media campaign called “The Voices of Carneros.” The new campaign, along with a revamped Web site, are in preparation of the CWA’s 30th anniversary as one of the founding California AVA associations in 2015. The Voices of Carneros campaign will feature Carneros locals, from winemakers to farmers and growers, and will be published regularly on the alliance website and across all social media outlets, all as a way for consumers to get insight on the region. The group also announced it will focus its marketing on Carneros Chardonnay in 2014.

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Offering laserlike sleekness and impeccable balance, this is light on its feet and surprisingly complex, with aromas of baked Asian pear and cinnamon leading to crisp flavors of Meyer lemon, raspberry and mineral on the bone-dry finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases made.
92 points  –TF
 
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Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world

#31   2010 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard ($65)
Combines deliciously ripe dark berry fruit with a graceful texture and deft balance, featuring juicy wild berry and blackberry at the core. Floral, spice and anise touches linger on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 404 cases made.
95 PointsJ.L.
#59   2010 Donum Pinot Noir Carneros ($72)
Offers ebullient raspberry and black cherry flavors that are ripe and seductive, with spice, loam and sandalwood details. Notes of cassis, raspberry jam and red licorice crescendo on the long finish, with very refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 589 cases made.
95 PointsM.W.

 

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Adding to Pinot lover's options, many exceptional 2010s remain in the market, positioning that vintage as the best of those currently available. Of the 2010s reviewed this past year, a trio of richly flavored Carneros wines achieved classic 95-point ratings: Donum ($72), and Patz & Hall's Hyde Vineyard ($65) and Moses-Hall Vineyard ($70).

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