Guenoc California appellation wines are the third tier, everyday table wines produced by Langtry (as in turn-of-the-1900-century actor Lillie) Estate & Vineyard in Lake County's Guenoc Valley. Unlike the top two bottlings, which draw grapes from single vineyards or from a geographically limited range, Guenoc California wines are sourced statewide. The 2010 Guenoc California Petite Sirah is a good example of this line and is widely available in the $10 to $12 range.
Let us say right up front that this is not a knock your socks off wine, but if you're whipping up a batch of picadillo, this modest dry red makes a fine companion.
It opens with a subtle nose of blackberries and strawberries and delivers those fruits plus black tea and white pepper right off the bat on the tongue. Dried fruits and spice cake chime in through mid palate, while the finish is long and plummy with another little burst of black tea at the end.
By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel. For an index and archive of reviews, go to pictograph.com.