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was approved as an appellation on December 21, 1981. It was the first time an AVA designation was granted to an area with just a single winery. Originally made famous by Victorian actress Lilly Langtry, who planted vines here in the 1800s, Guenoc is a small inland valley of about 23,000 acres, extending from upper Napa County well into Lake County. The appellation is defined by the rocky ridge surrounding it and the Magoon Family Vineyards (simply labeled Guenoc) sit at 400 feet. These vineyards are the first in the area to be harvested, as extremely hot days are common and over-ripening is a concern. Luckily, the area also has very cool nights, preserving acidity and producing rich wines with elegant structure. There are now 340 acres of vines surrounding the Guenoc Estate. The winery works with Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as Malbec and Petite Syrah from the estate vineyards. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Guenoc

    Langtry Estate & Vineyards, located on the border of Lake and Napa counties, was established in 1...

  • Langtry Estate & Vineyards

    Langtry Estate & Vineyards, located on the border of Lake and Napa counties, was established i...

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  • Guenoc Cabernet Sauvignon California 2011

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    Dilute tasting, little fruit, slightly light in color; this is cabernet Lite. Somewhat disagreeable but improves a bit with air to become almost drinkable. Used most of mine for cooking. My rating-- 70. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Guenoc Chardonnay California 2011

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    This affordable wine is well extracted with green apple dominating the nose and palette. It has a resin character and a bit of citrus as well. Enjoyable wine. My rating-- 86 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Guenoc Merlot California 2011

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    2010 Lillie's Merlot from the North Coast. Surprisingly light yet full bodied. Opened on a fluke for a steak and potatoes dinner and it fit the bill. Wish I bought another bottle at this price! Read More

    Wine review by JeffSantoni


  • Guenoc Chardonnay Guenoc Valley 2010

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    A warm-buttery mouth feel from this California Chardonnay coats the tastebuds with gentle oak. Aged mostly in stainless steel barrels, this Chardonnay is crisp and clean offering great acidity, nice floral notes along with ripe tree fruit on the palate. Golden straw yellow in colour, this bulky Chard stands up well against some fatty dishes. ... Read More

    Wine review by king fish


  • Guenoc Red Bordeaux Blend North Coast Victorian Claret 2009

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    Always a winner for top value to price! Under $10 a bottle and drinks like much more. This vintage has some strong eucalyptus on the nose. Aromas of cassis, red and blackberry, kirsch and some oak vanilla. It's a ripe, rich and lush blend. Rich berry flavors, cassis and some anise notes. Also some baked bread notes. Lovely berry tart fini... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Guenoc Petite Sirah North Coast 2007

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    There is not much in the nose, but not unpleasant. The first thing that hits me is a light acidity. There is very little fruit in the taste, the tannins are nicely balanced with a bit of pepper in the short finish. It's light enough to drink on it's own or with a meal that is not too spicy to overpower the wine. Read More

    Wine review by suzyleeogata


  • Guenoc Petite Sirah North Coast 2007

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    There is not much in the nose, but not unpleasant. The first thing that hits me is a light acidity. There is very little fruit in the taste, the tannins are nicely balanced with a bit of pepper in the short finish. It's light enough to drink on it's own or with a meal that is not too spicy to overpower the wine. Read More

    Wine review by suzyleeogata


  • Guenoc Beckstoffer IV Cabernet Sauvignon Red United States Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 1993

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    Delicious. Trouble with cork. My bad. Read More

    Wine review by RobinNC


  • Guenoc Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County Tephra Ridge Vineyard United States California North Coast 2005

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    cassis, blackberry, mint and spice on the nose and firm tannins, raspberrry, vanilla with a long finish on the tongue Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Guenoc Port of Petite Sirah "Serpentine Meadow Vineyard" Gueenoc Valley Guenoc Port 2005

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    Big and smooth, great with tapenade and cheese on a sunny deck tonight! $29 at the San Diego Costco last December, worth it but indulgent. Read More

    Wine review by john hawthorne


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