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. 1989 Dominus California Red 1.5L
    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. 1991 Joseph Phelps Insignia California Red 750 ml
    1991 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    This has always been a famous vintage in Napa Valley, particularly for Cabernet Sauvignon... An extraordinary dense plum/purple color is followed by a seductive as well as explosive bouquet of white chocolate, creme de cassis, spring flower..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $495.00
  3. 1994 Opus One California Red 750 ml
    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. 1994 Dominus California Red 750 ml
    1994 Dominus - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    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
    $489.00
  5. 1997 Caymus Special Selection California Red 750 ml
    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
  6. 1997 Dalla Valle Maya California Red 750 ml
    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
  7. 1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia California Red 750 ml
    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
  8. 1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia California Red 1.5L
    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
  9. 2001 Ridge Montebello Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 3L
    2001 Ridge Montebello Cabernet Sauvignon - 3L
    97
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    ...It's hard not to be seduced by the resulting wine, which wafts from the glass with lavish aromas of ripe plums, black truffles, dark chocolate, cigar ash and loamy soil. It's full-bodied, ample and dramatic, with a broad, expansive attac..." Learn More
    - 3L
    $2,599.00
  10. 2001 Screaming Eagle California Red 750 ml
    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
  11. 2001 Ridge Montebello Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    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
  12. 2001 Caymus Special Selection California Red 750 ml
    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
  13. 2001 Dominus California Red 750 ml
    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
  14. 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
  15. 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia California Red 1.5L
    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
  16. 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia California Red 750 ml
    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
  17. 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
    - 750 ml
    $3,249.00
  18. 2005 Hundred Acre Vyd Cabernet Sauv Kayli Morgan California Red 750 ml
    2005 Hundred Acre Vyd Cabernet Sauv Kayli Morgan - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    Incense, graphite, acacia flower, blueberry, blackberry and subtle smoke aromas jump from the glass of this rich, full-bodied, dense wine. Opulent and deep, with good acidity and a youthful personality...a multilayered, complex, full-thrott..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $499.00
  19. 2005 Bond Vineyards Vecina California Red 750 ml
    2005 Bond Vineyards Vecina - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    The 2005 Vecina is also strutting its stuff...this wine comes close to perfection for my palate. Made in a Graves-like style, it exhibits scents of roasted herbs, espresso, scorched rocks, and liquid minerals seamlessly integrated into a fu..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $379.00
  20. 2006 Kapcsandy Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vyd California Red 750 ml
    2006 Kapcsandy Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vyd - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard is a 650-case blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. A candidate for “wine of the vintage,” it boasts an extraordinary perfume of lead pencil ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $239.00
  21. 2006 Peter Michael Les Pavots California Red 1.5L
    2006 Peter Michael Les Pavots - 1.5L
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2006 Les Pavots (a 2,730-case blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) exhibits big notes of chocolate fudge intermixed with dark berry fruit, forest floor, underbrush, and some smoky oa..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $449.00
  22. 2007 Joseph Phelps Insignia California Red 750 ml
    2007 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 750 ml
    98
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    "...offers a seamless introduction to this flagship cuvee. Its inky/purple color is followed by aromas of creme de cassis, incense, crushed rocks, lead pencil shavings, cedar, and spice box. It possesses a massive, opulent mouthfeel, s..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $379.00
  23. 2007 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate California Red 1.5L
    2007 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate - 1.5L
    95
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    A great wine in the making...possesses a fragrant bouquet of sweet black currants, crushed rocks, earth and background oak. Full-bodied and dense, with Montelena’s typical power, tannin and reserved nature, this is a big, rich, formid..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $339.00
  24. 2007 Screaming Eagle California Red 750 ml
    2007 Screaming Eagle - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    As impossible as it might seem, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon takes things to another level. An exquisite, celestial bouquet melds into endless layers of fruit as this rich, voluptuous wine blossoms on the palate. Full-bodied and seductive th..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $3,995.00
  25. 2008 Kapcsandy Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vyd California Red 750 ml
    2008 Kapcsandy Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vyd - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    Another perfect wine (identical to the 2007) is the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard. Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (430 cases produced), this is an exquisite wi..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $449.00
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