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. 1985 dunn napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1985 Dunn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    94
    WS
    Intense and concentrated, packed with ripe cassis, cherry and currant flavors that are rich and elegant. The acidity and tannins are crisp and juicy, offering great potential for t..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $299.00
  2. 1986 dominus California Red
    1986 Dominus
    93
    RP
    I did not pick this out as Dominus in the blind tasting, largely because it came across as such a young, rich, blockbuster wine. One of the richest, densest, most concentrated offe..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  3. 1986 joseph phelps insignia California Red
    1986 Joseph Phelps Insignia
    94
    RP
    This surprisingly rich, dark garnet-colored Insignia displays notes of cedarwood, tobacco leaf, black currants, graphite and damp earth. Medium to full-bodied with remarkable densi..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  4. 1987 heitz cabernet sauvignon marthas vineyard California Red
    1987 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
    96
    JG
    (Cabernet Sauvignon “Martha’s Vineyard”- Heitz Wine Cellars) The 1987 Martha’s Vineyard hails back to the time when the labels stated 13.5 percent alcohol, ..." Learn More
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    As low as $529.00
  5. 1987 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1987 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    92
    WS
    Smooth, ripe and harmonious, with layers of black cherry, plum, currant and anise, finishing with a smooth texture and a long, lingering aftertaste.--1987 California Cabernet horiz..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $239.00
  6. 1988 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1988 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
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    As low as $239.00
  7. 1992 diamond creek volcanic hill California Red
    1992 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $245.00
  8. 1992 stags leap cabernet sauvignon cask 23 California Red
    1992 Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23
    96
    RP
    All of the other current and up-coming releases are outstanding. The 1992 Cask 23 (as of November 16, there were still magnums and 750 ml. formats available at the winery) boasts a..." Learn More
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    As low as $275.00
  9. 1994 etude cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1994 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon
    95
    RP
    Tony Soter's Cabernet Sauvignon has been a model of consistency. The awesomely rich 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon is another spectacular example of this splendid vintage. It possesses an..." Learn More
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    As low as $159.00
  10. 1995 araujo eisele cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1995 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
    98
    RP
    I believe the 1995 is the finest produced under the Araujo regime. It is close to perfection. The wine combines extraordinary power and richness with remarkable complexity and fine..." Learn More
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    As low as $429.00
  11. 1996 heitz cabernet sauvignon marthas vineyard California Red
    1996 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
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    As low as $349.00
  12. 1996 pahlmeyer merlot California Red
    1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    97
    RP
    The 1996 Merlot (3,000 cases) is a worthy rival. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc tips the scales at a heady 14.6% alcohol. Could it b..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $249.00
  13. 1997 araujo eisele cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
    92+
    VM
    Full ruby-red. Expressive nose combines black raspberry, currant, black cherry, chocolate, tobacco and sandalwood. Lush and sweet but fresh, with a firm edge of acidity giving shap..." Learn More
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    As low as $649.00
  14. 1997 caymus cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon
    91
    WE
    The bouquet is dark and serious, with brooding black-cherry, leather and cedar aromas. In the mouth, flavors of black plums, mint-menthol and tobacco—all with a foresty accen..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $215.00
  15. 1997 dunn cabernet sauvignon howell mtn California Red
    1997 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mtn
    96
    DEC
    At the peak of its powers, the 1997 Howell Mountain is bursting with black fruit, graphite, wood smoke and hints of tar and truffle. On the palate the wine is rich, plush and gener..." Learn More
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    As low as $269.00
  16. 1997 etude cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon
    96
    RP
    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (1,800 cases), which will be released in October, ranks alongside the finest Tony Soter has produced. Don't miss it! Opaque purple-colored, with a gorge..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $175.00
  17. 1997 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
    1997 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
    98
    RP
    There are 10,200 cases of the remarkable 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Opaque purple-colored with a dense, chewy, full-bodied personality, it displays abundant cassis, mineral, a..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $1,399.00
  18. 1997 opus one California Red
    1997 Opus One
    100
    DEC
    Jumps out of the glass, another one that stands out among the very best in the line-up; intense, well integrated flavours, blackberry, menthol, black olive, spiced rosemary and liq..." Learn More
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    As low as $670.00
  19. 1997 philip togni cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
    98
    RP
    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has to be one of the great buys left for profound Napa Cabernet. He’s done the aging for you, and of course the wine is still an adolescent in ter..." Learn More
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    As low as $845.00
  20. 1999 pahlmeyer merlot California Red
    1999 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    94
    WS
    A mouthful of wine that packs in lots of rich, deep, plush and concentrated flavors, with tiers of currant, blackberry, raspberry and wild berry fruit. Well-integrated tannins smoo..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  21. 2002 carter cabernet sauvignon beckstoffer vyd California Red
    2002 Carter Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vyd
    100
    RP
    A perfect wine, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard comes from further north in the Oakville Corridor on the valley floor. One of the youngest wines in this t..." Learn More
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    As low as $675.00
  22. 2003 colgin herb lamb vineyard California Red
    2003 Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard
    95
    WE
    Almost black in color. Flavors are of blackberry, cassis, Provençal herbs; the 100% new oak adds rich toast and char notes. Tannins are brilliant, dense and fluffy. Grown at..." Learn More
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    As low as $399.00
  23. 2004 dunn cabernet sauvignon howell mtn California Red
    2004 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mtn
    94
    RP
    Reticent but promising blackberry and black currant fruit as well as licorice aromas jump from the glass of this inky/purple-colored 2004. Rich and broad with sweeter tannins than ..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
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