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
    1988 Dominus - 750 ml
    91
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    The 1988 has to be among the top two or three Cabernets of the vintage... The dense, opaque ruby/purple color exhibits great saturation and intensity, and the nose is beginning to offer up smoked herb and ripe cassis aromas. In the mouth, t..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $265.00
  2. Opus One
    - 750 ml
    $540.00
  3. Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
    1990 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate - 750 ml
    95
    RP-HG
    Availability: In Stock
    ...It comes across like a St.-Julien with additional minerality and power...

    Robert Parker's Hedonist Gazette..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $225.00
  4. philip togni cabernet sauvignon
    1992 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    95
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    This small 10-acre estate situated high on Spring Mountain produces some of the most distinctive Napa Valley wines. Since bottling, the 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon continues to display the remarkable richness and opulence it possessed from cask..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $189.00
  5. Dominus
    1994 Dominus - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. I have had a difficult time keeping the corks in my bottles of 1994 Dominus. Eight-thousand cases were produced from..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $545.00
  6. Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
    1994 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    As is the practice at this winery, they hold back 50 or so cases of their finest vintages for release after a decade. The current release of their library selection is the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon, a magnificent effort that, for me, is one o..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $249.00
  7. Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mtn
    1994 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mtn - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    Look out for the behemoth 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. This black/purple-colored wine adds a few more nuances (minerals, licorice, and floral scents) to the lavish display of creme de cassis. Full-bodied, with a blockbuster leve..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $249.00
  8. Abreu
    1994 Abreu - 750 ml
    96
    WS
    Availability: Available Soon
    Massive, rich and deeply flavored, packed with complex currant, mineral, spice, sage and cedary oak flavors and chewy but polished tannins...600 cases made.

    Wine Spectator..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $550.00
  9. Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
    1995 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    97+
    RP-HG
    Availability: Available Soon
    Philip Togni is one of California's most foresighted winemakers, holding back a small amount of wine and releasing it at age ten. This year, small quantities of the 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate were released, and, as I almost invariably d..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $450.00
  10. Opus One
    1996 Opus One - 750 ml
    94
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    This is one of the finest Opus Ones to date, offering a dark ruby/purple color, as well as a striking, intense bouquet of sweet licorice intermixed with blackberries, cassis, plums, and saddle leather. This seamless, full-bodied wine is mor..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $540.00
  11. Harlan Estate
    1996 Harlan Estate - 750 ml
    98
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The opaque purple-colored 1996 Harlan Estate reveals extraordinary intensity, a spicy, black currant, tobacco, cedar, and fruit cake-scented bouquet, full body, a texture oozing with glycerin and concentrated fruit, and moderate tannin in t..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    Special Price $549.00 was $849.00
  12. Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
    1996 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    95
    RP-HG
    Availability: Available Soon
    The saturated purple-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard offers an attractive nose of black fruits intermixed with toast, minerals, subtle tar, and wood smoke. Full-bodied, with impressive purity, a multi-layered mid-palate and ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $335.00
  13. Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
    1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    95
    RP-HG
    Availability: Available Soon
    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard, is a beauty. The healthy ruby/purple color is followed by classic, unevolved but promising aromas of minerals, cedar, smoke, and black currants. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with admirable ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $435.00
  14. Opus One
    1998 Opus One - 750 ml
    Availability: Available Soon
    Elegant, polished, supple and complex, with pretty currant, cedar, anise, sage and tar notes...

    Wine Spectator..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $495.00
  15. Dominus
    1999 Dominus - 750 ml
    93
    RP-NM
    Availability: Available Soon
    A deep purple, black colour. The nose has excellent definition: blackberry, cassis and a touch of liquorices. It has less weight and concentration than the millennial Dominus, yet it has superior balance and far more elegance. Crisp acidit..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $215.00
  16. Joseph Phelps Insignia
    1999 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 750 ml
    95+
    VM
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    Dark, rich and intensely concentrated, with a firm, tightly wound core of currant, black cherry, mineral, anise, sage and mocha-laced oak. Well-focused, with firm acidity and firm yet supple tannins...

    Wine Spectator..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $225.00
  17. 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
  18. Opus One
    1999 Opus One - 750 ml
    93
    WS
    Availability: Available Soon
    An exquisite, complex, stylish wine, wearing a cloak of earthy, leathery tannins around flavors of mineral, currant, earth and blackberry. Gains intensity and shows its depth and concentration on the finish, which is long and detailed...Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $495.00
  19. 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
  20. Abreu
    2000 Abreu - 750 ml
    92
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    A candidate for wine of the vintage, the gorgeous 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch (93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) boasts an inky/purple color as well as a sumptuous perfume of violets, blackberrie..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $310.00
  21. sine qua non midnight oil
    - 1.5L
    $2,585.00
  22. Dominus
    2001 Dominus - 750 ml
    99
    RPHG
    Availability: Available Soon
    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
  23. 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
  24. Joseph Phelps Insignia
    2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 750 ml
    98+
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    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
  25. Dominus
    2002 Dominus - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    This 2002 was virtually perfect when I tasted it...A flawless, seamless integration of tannin, wood, alcohol and acidity is found in this dense, plum/purple-colored Dominus, along with copious notes of sweet black currants interwoven with k..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $345.00
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