Fred Bollaci Chats With Winemaker David Harmon III of Carneros della Notte Winery (Napa Valley) at Florida WineFest’s Annual Wild Truffle Dinner in Sarasota, FL

This new producer is created in partnership by two men of diverse backgrounds and is producing ultra-premium pinot noir wines from three different clones and three different rootstocks. The grapes are harvested by hand and exclusively at night while the juice chemistry is more stable. The winery’s name reflects this practice and translates to “Carneros of the Night”. Carneros della Notte is also the first producer to use a glow-in-the-dark wine label to further articulate the winery’s unique approach to pinot noir production.


Pictured: Fred Bollaci (left), David Harmon (right) at the annual Wild Truffle Event in Sarasota, FL

The premier releases are the Los Carneros Pinot Noir, a 100% Pinot Noir from the Carneros region of Napa and Sonoma Valleys, which retails at $48.00 per bottle, and the Napa Valley DIII Vineyard Pinot Noir, which is produced with grapes grown exclusively from David Harmon’s Carneros-Napa Valley vineyard and is offered at $150.00 per bottle.

Carneros della Notte’s founders are Dave Harmon, a former founder of and past chauffeur to Robert Mondavi and Darin Applebury, a United Airlines pilot.

Winemaking Philosophy
Each year David begins in the vineyard. Engaged in viticulture and hands-on farming, he commits himself to the vines throughout the growing season, doing labor-intensive management such as shoot positioning to insure proper fruit exposure, rigorous crop thinning, precise irrigation and timely harvest. “I focus on preserving the flavors born in the vineyard,” said David. “I spend more and more of my time walking the vine rows — measuring, evaluating, tasting and planning the future of each individual lot.”
In the winery, Dave and Darin chooses techniques to produce balanced, “fruit and spice based” wines with the structure and depth to age gracefully. His objective is to enhance, but not overshadow, the qualities of the grapes. “Each vineyard has its own personality, and I bring that to light.” Dave and Darin’s winemaking techniques vary on a lot-by-lot basis. Dave and Darin cold soaks the pinot noir, chilling the must prior to inoculation. They favor gentle handling, direct barreling after fermentation and racking the wines once to separate out the gross lees. Drawing from his favorite coopers, frames the fruit character with complementary French oak barrels. Each year they purchases a large percentage of new French cooperage, replacing his barrels after two vintages. Both of these new releases are filtered using a cross flow filter system which he believes enhances the mouth feel of the wine.

About The Company

Founded in 2003, Carneros della Notte is a boutique winery owned and operated in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, California. The founding partners are Dave Harmon and Darin Applebury. The winery is dedicated to the production of ultra-premium pinot noir wines which are available on the Web at


2003 Los Carneros Pinot Noir $48 *SOLD OUT*
2003 D III Vineyard Pinot Noir $150 *SOLD OUT*
2004 Los Carneros Pinot Noir $48 *SOLD OUT*
2004 D III Vineyard Pint Noir $150 *SOLD OUT*
2005 Los Carneros Pinot Noir $48 *SOLD OUT*
2005 Eclipse Late Harvest Pinot Noir (LPR) $60 375ml *SOLD OUT*
2005 Solstice Late Harvest Riesling $40 375ml *SOLD OUT*
2006 Eclipse Late Harvest Pinot (LPR) $60 375ml *SOLD OUT*
2006 D III Vineyard Pinot Noir $150 *SOLD OUT*
2006 Solstice Late Harvest Riesling $40 375ml *SOLD OUT*

Currently available for sale!

2009 Los Carneros Pinot Noir $48
2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $60
2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay $40
2012 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc $40
2007 D III Vineyard Pinot Noir $150
2010 LPR Late Harvest Pinot Noir $80


David Harmon’s latest venture is called “Own a Napa Vineyard.”
“Finally, the dream of being able to walk through a renowned Napa Valley vineyard and enjoy the priceless fruits of one’s labor is an affordable reality!”

David L Harmon, III

Wine lovers who purchase a lease for themselves or as a unique gift for someone they care about will receive:

A marker on the vine prominently displaying their name
An elegant, suitable-for-framing certificate with a picture of their vine
The opportunity to visit their vine anytime to pre-prune, prune, sucker, leaf or harvest grapes
An invitation to the estate’s Annual Night Harvest Party
Availability to taste wine from your vineyard

“For centuries, owning a piece of Napa Valley was simply impossible for the vast majority of people,” commented Harmon, whose estate produces award-winning Pinot Noir. “But now with, it’s not just possible, but it’s extremely easy and simple for anyone to buy one or several vines.”

The wine is made by Carneros della Notte in Napa Valley! More information about the wine is at

Before David Harmon founded and sold the famed website, he had a colorful past right out of a reality TV show. His animated life is filled with anecdotal stories that captivate his customers at his rustic, but intriguing winery, Carneros della Notte (Carneros of the Night). Harmon tells tantalizing true tales, from when he was Robert Mondavi’s first chauffeur, to flying for the Indianapolis Colts, or working on movies like Thelma and Louise, Black Rain and Basic Instinct or working with the latest pop or rap star.

Carneros della Notte has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence! When you are planning your California wine country visit, be sure to check out Carneros della Notte, and be sure to tell David that Fred Bollaci sent you! I highly recommend purchasing your own Napa Valley vine(s), and/or giving them as the ultimate gift for that special wine lover in your life this holiday season! You get to attend the famed “harvest  party” at Carneros della Notte, a much talked about event in Napa in the fall!

1003 Dealy Ln, Napa, CA 94559
Phone: (707) 495-2464

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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