Located 90 miles north of San Francisco, the 23,000 acre Guenoc Estate, claiming some of the oldest vineyards in California, includes the most northwestern area of Napa Valley, all of Guenoc Valley, and the southern extremes of Lake County. From 1888 to 1906 the Guenoc Estate was owned by internationally famous actress and vintner Lillie Langtry, who vowed to make “claret of the finest kind known in the country” in her California valley and placed her portrait on her estate produced bottles of wine. Today, the George Watts’ portrait of Lillie Langtry has become the famous cameo trademark of Guenoc wines. In 1981, Guenoc Valley was recognized by the federal government as a separate and distinctive viticultural area, the first appellation under single-proprietorship in the United States. Traditional winemaking techniques and utilization of the best of French oak and highest quality stainless steel equipment allow winemaker Malcolm Seibly to create wines which continue to garner championship awards in both national and international competitions.
Hess Select North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750 ML
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The 2014 growing season was consistent and long overall. Warm summer temperatures during the day kept the acids high while still bringing the fruit to optimal maturity. The 2014 Victorian Claret is a complex blend of Guenoc's award winning wines. It possesses fragrant notes of black cherry jam, black currant, clove spice, Earl Gray tea, and hints of oak. Well-rounded, elegant tannins on the palate bring bright acidity with hints of cherry, red raspberry and blueberry followed by a long chocolaty finish.