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. Dominus
    1989 Dominus - 1.5L
    92
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 1989 is undoubtedly the Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage. The color is a dark ruby/purple and the nose offers up sweet, fragrant scents of black fruits, cedar, herbs, and spicy wood. In the mouth, there is extraordinary concentration, ..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $495.00
  2. Dominus
    1992 Dominus - 1.5L
    95
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    Production from the 124-acre Napanook Vineyard reached 6,500 cases in 1992 and 10,000 cases in 1994, a figure this winery has been building toward since the debut releases of 1983 and 1984. The 1992 Dominus is similar in style to the 1990. ..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $579.00
  3. Opus One
    1994 Opus One - 750 ml
    96
    VM
    Availability: Available Soon
    This is an impressive effort from Opus One. The wine, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, and 1% Malbec, possesses a dark ruby/purple color, followed by a generous, complex nose of lead pencil, toasty oak, viole..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $489.00
  4. joseph phelps insignia
    1995 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 1.5L
    98
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    A wine of great intensity and richness, it displays classic notes of licorice, barbecue smoke, creme de cassis, cedarwood and forest floor. Full-bodied with sensational purity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a long, voluptuous finish with..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $549.00
  5. Peter Michael Les Pavots
    1997 Peter Michael Les Pavots - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 1997 Les Pavots (79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc) possesses a hefty 14.5% alcohol. Nevertheless, there is no sense of overweight or flabbiness to this brilliant, Bordeaux-styled blend. Moreover, there are 3,700..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $229.00
  6. Caymus Special Selection
    1997 Caymus Special Selection - 750 ml
    93
    VM
    Availability: In Stock
    Bright ruby. Cassis, violet and lightly tarry, spicy oak. Ripe, dense and very concentrated; thick and deep. Not at all overly sweet or dominated by the wood. Has superb material and verve. Finishes very long, with thoroughly ripe tannins. ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $249.00
  7. Dalla Valle Maya
    1997 Dalla Valle Maya - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    Close to perfection, the saturated blue/black-colored 1997 Maya exhibits complex aromatics of creme de cassis, smoke, spice box, iron, and espresso. The wine has a viscous texture, huge, concentrated, ripe fruit, remarkable body, and a seam..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $625.00
  8. Joseph Phelps Insignia
    1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The prodigious 1997 Insignia (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 3% Petit-Verdot) lives up to its pre-bottling promise. Tasted on three separate occasions, every bottle has hit the bull's eye. The color is a saturated thick-looking blu..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $469.00
  9. Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
    1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - 750 ml
    100
    RP-HG
    Availability: Available Soon
    Since 1991, Shafer's Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon has unquestionably been one of the top dozen or so California Cabernets. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 32 months in 100% French oak casks (the majority Taransaud), it poss..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $499.00
  10. Joseph Phelps Insignia
    1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 1.5L
    100
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    The prodigious 1997 Insignia (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 3% Petit-Verdot) lives up to its pre-bottling promise. Tasted on three separate occasions, every bottle has hit the bull's eye. The color is a saturated thick-looking blu..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $995.00
  11. Harlan Estate
    1998 Harlan Estate - 750 ml
    95
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 1998, which is a candidate for the "Wine of the Vintage," was produced from yields of 0.9 tons per acre. There are only 1,100 cases, and it is the first Harlan Estate to be composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A spectacular ac..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $749.00
  12. Harlan Estate
    1999 Harlan Estate - 750 ml
    96+
    VM
    Availability: In Stock
    Very deep garnet-black colour going brick at the rim. Complex, maturing nose with notes of warm blackberry, game, dried plums, moss, white pepper, Provence herbs and a whiff of iron ore. The palate reveals a concentrated, medium to full bod..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $739.00
  13. Harlan Estate
    2000 Harlan Estate - 750 ml
    93
    WS
    Availability: In Stock
    A tremendous wine. Dense, tight and chewy, with firm, mouthcoating tannins wrapped around a core of mocha-laced currant and blackberry. Well-focused, precisely balanced and full of concentrated flavors...

    Wine Spectator..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $695.00
  14. Screaming Eagle
    2001 Screaming Eagle - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    ...Only 450 cases were made of this blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc from former proprietor Jean Phillips’ vineyards just south of the Oakville crossroads. The spectacular dense blue/purple color remai..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $3,649.00
  15. Ridge Montebello Cabernet Sauvignon
    2001 Ridge Montebello Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    A resoundingly great effort from this iconic producer, Ridge's 2001 is a spectacular, still young but promising wine...A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by extravagant, generous aromas of pen ink, lead pencil shavings, spice box and ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $365.00
  16. caymus special selection
    2001 Caymus Special Selection - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    Caymus has been around for so long there is a tendency to under-estimate their wines. However, they have a brilliant track record as evidenced by the decade old 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Selection. Abundant chocolaty, black currant, l..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $239.00
  17. Joseph Phelps Insignia
    2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 750 ml
    98+
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The flagship wine, the 2001 Insignia Proprietary Wine, an 18,000-case blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec, continues to live up to my high praise from last year. Rich, elegant, and nuanced, this dense ruby/purple..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $289.00
  18. Dominus
    2001 Dominus - 750 ml
    99
    RPHG
    Availability: In Stock
    The impeccably made 2001 Dominus boasts a dense plum/purple color in addition to a fragrant, promising perfume of cocoa, cedar, coffee, roasted herbs, and copious quantities of black fruits. There are 7,000 cases of this 81% Cabernet Sauvig..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $349.00
  19. Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It
    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. Joseph Phelps Insignia
    2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 1.5L
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    A beautifully made Bordeaux blend that can age for 20-30 years...The 2002 Insignia, the finest effort made in this century, is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. Its dense purple color is accompan..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $765.00
  21. Joseph Phelps Insignia
    2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2002 boasts an inky/purple color along with notes of graphite, violets, blackberries, creme de cassis and hints of charcoal and barbecue in addition to a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel that builds incrementally with great purity, s..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $379.00
  22. Ridge Montebello Cabernet Sauvignon
    2004 Ridge Montebello Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    93
    VM
    Availability: In Stock
    Readers looking for a Monte Bello that is ready to drink should consider the 2004. Just beginning to enter its early plateau of maturity, the 2004 is in a beautiful spot right now. Sweet tobacco, smoke, cedar, licorice and leather meld into..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $229.00
  23. Peter Michael Les Pavots
    2004 Peter Michael Les Pavots - 750 ml
    93
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2004 Les Pavots is ripe and is a relatively similar blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine exhibits notes of forest floor intermixed with chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, esp..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $195.00
  24. Screaming Eagle
    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
    - 750 ml
    $3,249.00
  25. Peter Michael Les Pavots
    2005 Peter Michael Les Pavots - 750 ml
    95
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    ...a sensational wine, with a style that suggests a hypothetical blend of a great St.-Emilion and Pomerol. Chocolatey cassis notes intermixed with incense, licorice, and a hint of black olive are present in this wine. When it hits the palat..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $195.00
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