Chardonnay and Merlot vines in Carneros benefit from the marine influence of nearby San Pablo Bay. Overcast mornings and cool afternoon breezes contribute to a slow, even development of the grapes, thereby providing an optimal balance of sugar and acid. The shallow and rocky soil over a base of clay supplies just enough nutrients to support vine growth and fruit maturity. As a consequence, the stressed vines of Carneros produce smaller berries with a heightened intensity of flavors.

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