California Collector Wines

California Collector Wines

California Collector Wines

California is one of the most prominent winemaking regions of the New World. Their climate helped them cultivate a respectable number of versatile grapes and certain varietals that had an unreliable reputation in countries like France. They stand toe-to-toe with every other winemaking titan, and their wines are getting more and more attention from wine geeks and collectors alike. Some Californian blends are skyrocketing in price each year, showcasing the potential of the region and bringing many hopeful investors onto the scene.

Some recent vintages are proving to be an amazing investment. For example, if you can get a hold of a bottle of 2015 Chardonnay from Three Sticks Wines, we highly encourage you to do so. Should you decide to uncork it, you get to experience a heavenly blend of zesty citrus and a warm, cozy toast baseline. If that doesn’t suit your taste, how about an elegant bottle of 2015 West Ridge Pinot Noir from Hirsch Vineyards, which simply explodes in a surge of raspberry flavor and an encompassing aroma of redcurrant? Whatever your preference is, there is a blend in California that you will want to add to your cellar. To that end, we’ve made it our goal to introduce you to as many collectible wines as possible from this region. If you wish to impress other collectors with your amazing selection or simply bring joy to your friends and loved ones over a meal, look no further than these mouth-watering wines.
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  1. 1993 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    1993 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    Araujo Estate's 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard may eclipse the great 1991. It offers a huge nose of black-cherries, blackcurrants, minerals, and vanillin, a stunning display of super-concentrated fruit, full body, and power allied ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $249.00
  2. 1994 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red California Red 1.5L
    1994 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red - 1.5L
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The proprietary red wine made by Pahlmeyer is usually a blend of 75%-80% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a tiny quantity of Malbec. The 1994 Proprietary Red Wine exhibits a purple/black color, as well as swee..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $589.00
  3. 1995 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red California Red 1.5L
    1995 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red - 1.5L
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    Pahlmeyer's proprietary red table wine tends to be Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated (usually 80-85%) with small portions of Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The 1995 Proprietary Red Wine may be even better than the 96 point sco..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $525.00
  4. 1995 Bryant Family California Red 750 ml
    1995 Bryant Family - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon is cut from the same mold as the profound 1996, displaying astonishing levels of black fruits (the usual suspects - blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cassis), phenomenal concentration, and virtually per..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $485.00
  5. 1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select California Red 750 ml
    1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select possesses lots of fatness in the mid-palate. There is plenty of tannin in this full-bodied, rich effort. It is remarkable how the finest California Cabernets combine extraordinary power and richne..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $455.00
  6. 1996 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    1996 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    95
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    Araujo's Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard has become a benchmark.

    The 1996 had been bottled several months before my visit. A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, there are 2,200 cases. A super..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $225.00
  7. 1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 1.5L
    1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L
    95
    VM
    Availability: In Stock
    Deep ruby-red. High-pitched, slightly floral aromas of black raspberry, plum, lead pencil and a hint of chocolate. Great velvety sweetness and ripeness in the mouth; enticing game and mocha notes complement the dark berry fruit. Already sho..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $649.00
  8. 1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia California Red 1.5L
    1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 1.5L
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    An inky/plum/purple color is accompanied by a stunning bouquet of violets, charcoal, creme de cassis and a hint of toast. Prodigious when it hits the palate with a full-bodied expansiveness, there is not a hard edge to be found in the 1997,..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $995.00
  9. 1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select California Red 750 ml
    1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select appears to be a clone of the 1994. Like many of the finest wines of this vintage, it is already very expressive (much like the 1994), with an intense, explosive fragrance of flowers, licorice, and..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $499.00
  10. 1998 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    1998 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    94
    RP-NM
    Availability: In Stock
    ...This nose is far more expressive than the Dalla Valle, macerated red cherries, sloe, coconut, vanilla and a touch of chalk dust. Nice lift. Good definition. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, nice balanced, this seems to..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $169.00
  11. 1999 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    1999 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    95
    WS
    Availability: In Stock
    A potent wine, dark, rich and concentrated, with a tight, intense, sharply focused beam of spicy currant, black cherry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit that unfolds gracefully, revealing extra facets of depth and complexity. Best from 2004..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $159.00
  12. 2000 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    2000 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    94
    VM
    Availability: In Stock
    Medium ruby-red. Blackcurrant, black cherry, licorice and tar on the bright nose. Sweet, lush and full, with primary dark fruit flavors complicated by smoky oak. Strongly oaky and impressively sweet on the back end, which features very fine..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $169.00
  13. 2001 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 3L
    2001 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon - 3L
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    A resoundingly great effort from this iconic producer, Ridge’s 2001 is a spectacular, still young but promising wine. Interestingly, 60% of the production from the winery’s 108 acre Monte Bello Vineyard made it into the 2001&rsq..." Learn More
    - 3L
    $2,599.00
  14. 2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select California Red 750 ml
    2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is the first of these back-to-back perfect wines from Shafer that, at age 13, is still a baby, but, wow, what an amazing wine. A fabulous growing season produced a wine with inky/purple bla..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $499.00
  15. 2001 Paul Hobbs Cab Sauv Beckstoffer To Kalon Vyd California Red 750 ml
    2001 Paul Hobbs Cab Sauv Beckstoffer To Kalon Vyd - 750 ml
    98
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    A compelling, potentially legendary effort, there are 896 cases of the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard To-Kalon. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a classic Cabernet nose of tobacco smoke, creme de cassis, licorice, and le..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $319.00
  16. 2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia California Red 750 ml
    2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The sensational, prodigious 2001 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec) has never performed better. Still extremely youthful with a dense purple color as well as a beautiful bouquet of cedar, c..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $229.00
  17. 2002 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    2002 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The sensational 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc from the red soils of their vineyards planted in the Oakville Corridor on the eastern hillsides overlooking the valley floor vineyards of Sc..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $229.00
  18. 2002 Colgin Cariad Proprietary Red California Red 750 ml
    2002 Colgin Cariad Proprietary Red - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    I was blown away by the 2002 Cariad (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc). Aromas of Asian spices, soy, black cherries, creme de cassis, roasted coffee, new saddle leather, and game emerge from this black beauty. Again..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $389.00
  19. 2002 Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It California Red 3L
    2002 Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It - 3L
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    A dead-ringer (at least aromatically) for Guigal’s single vineyard Cote Rotie La Mouline, the 2002 Just For The Love of It is the greatest California Syrah I have yet tasted. A one-thousand case blend of 96% Syrah, 2% Grenache, and 2%..." Learn More
    - 3L
    $7,395.00
  20. 2002 Dalla Valle Maya California Red 750 ml
    2002 Dalla Valle Maya - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    As stunning as this basic Cabernet Sauvignon is, the 2002 Maya, a proprietary blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Cabernet Franc, is pure perfection. It boasts an inky purple color as well as an extraordinary perfume of incense, black f..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $695.00
  21. 2003 Bryant Family California Red 750 ml
    2003 Bryant Family - 750 ml
    97
    RP-HG
    Availability: In Stock
    There are 400 cases of the brilliant 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was tasted several months after bottling. This broodingly dense opaque purple-colored wine offers an extraordinary nose of blueberries, smoky oak, chocolate, and licorice. ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $315.00
  22. 2003 Abreu California Red 750 ml
    2003 Abreu - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2003 Madrona Ranch, which is largely Cabernet Sauvignon, possesses a freshness that almost belies the vintage character. Its dense purple color is just beginning to reveal some garnet. The nose exhibits abundant floral notes intermixed ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    Special Price $279.00 was $319.00
  23. Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (6-Pack OWC)
    2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (6-Pack OWC) - 750 ml
    95
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    ...The 2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has a dense, purple color, notes of creosote, graphite, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and scorched earth. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and excellent purity, while some rather n..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $299.00
  24. 2004 Screaming Eagle California Red 750 ml
    2004 Screaming Eagle - 750 ml
    97+
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2004, which is nearly 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, with tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, is an up-front style of wine...The wine has a dark ruby/purple color and a sweet cassis nose with some licorice and very subtle camphor and..." Learn More
    Rating:
    90% of 100
    - 750 ml
    $3,249.00
  25. 2004 Abreu California Red 750 ml
    2004 Abreu - 750 ml
    98
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    One of the great wines and candidates for Cabernet of the Vintage is the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch. As David Abreu said, this was a vintage that required radical viticultural techniques. Of course, the amount of labor in his own..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $269.00
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