Guenoc Lake County Meritage Red 2006
Our namesake, Lillie Langtry, flamboyant British Theatre star, purchased the property sight unseen in 1888. On her first visit, she arrived in St. Helena in her lavish private railroad car, then embarked with a small fleet of stagecoaches carrying her entourage and paramour, Freddie Gebhard. Raised as a tomboy, she apparently was quite a horsewoman. She also made wine, which she proclaimed the “greatest claret in the country.” With the help of her winemaker Henri Descelles, she had 51 tons crushed her first vintage and bottled wine in unique vessels portraying her likeness on the glass. By 1900 Lake County wines were winning awards in international competition, and the region was earning a reputation for producing some of the world's greatest wines. Lillie Langtry sold the property in 1906 and the years of prohibition and vineyard destruction soon followed.
It was a miracle that any vineyard area was left when the property was acquired by 1962. A syrah, petit verdot and white grape vines of mysterious origin were found on the hillside vineyard site after at least half a century of neglect. In 1963, Malulani Investments acquired the 21,349 acre Langtry Estate & Vineyards with a focus of producing top-tier wines from the Guenoc Valley. The Winery planted extensive vineyard acreage and was one of the first in California to plant the five major red Bordeaux grape varieties. The Langtry Red Wine is a supreme example of Langtry's artistry in blending the red Bordeaux varietals.
In 1981, Guenoc Valley was approved as an AVA (American Viticultural Area), with the distinction of being the first single-proprietor AVA in the country.
Since then, under the new Langtry Estate & Vineyards name, the winery continues to produce award winning Bordeaux style wines as well as their signature Petite Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc alongside Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio.