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. 1990 Dalla Valle Maya California Red 750 ml
    1990 Dalla Valle Maya - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    The 1990 Maya (almost equal proportions of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon) is a monster in the making. Its super-saturated, opaque black/ruby color is followed by a tight but promising nose of earth, cassis, smoke, and gobs of sweet ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $800.00
  2. 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
  3. Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
    - 1.5L
    $589.00
  4. 1994 Dominus California Red 750 ml
    1994 Dominus - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    The 1994 Dominus is a clone of the other-worldly 1991. A true black beauty, this opaque black-colored wine reveals the vintage's hallmark characteristics - remarkably pure, sweet black fruits that have achieved perfect ripeness. The wine po..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $550.00
  5. 1994 Abreu California Red 750 ml
    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 | 96 WS
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    - 750 ml
    $555.00
  6. Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
    1995 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red - 1.5L
    96
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    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
  7. 1995 Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard California Red 750 ml
    1995 Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard - 750 ml
    98
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    The opaque purple-colored 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses character and "mouth presence" in abundance, something shared by the 1994 and 1993, but less so by the 1992. This opaque purple-colored wine, with a silky, sweet, richnes..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $875.00
  8. 1995 Dominus California Red 750 ml
    1995 Dominus - 750 ml
    93
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    ...a ripe, plummy, supple, expansively-flavored wine with copious quantities of black currant fruit. Full-bodied and low in acidity, it possesses exceptional concentration and purity. Qualitatively, it is built along the lines of the 1992 a..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $260.00
  9. 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
  10. 1997 Dominus California Red 1.5L
    1997 Dominus - 1.5L
    96
    VM
    Availability: In Stock
    Saturated ruby-red. Superripe but reticent aromas of cassis, plum and graphite, with a hint of smoky bacon fat. Silky and harmonious, with thoroughly ripe acids and terrific inner-mouth flavor. Finishes with extremely smooth, palate-caressi..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $595.00
  11. 1997 Dominus California Red 750 ml
    1997 Dominus - 750 ml
    96
    VM
    Availability: Available Soon
    Saturated ruby-red. Superripe but reticent aromas of cassis, plum and graphite, with a hint of smoky bacon fat. Silky and harmonious, with thoroughly ripe acids and terrific inner-mouth flavor. Finishes with extremely smooth, palate-caressi..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $310.00
  12. 1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    95
    RP-HG
    Availability: In Stock
    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
    $195.00
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 1999 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    1999 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    95
    WS
    Availability: Available Soon
    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...

    Win..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $159.00
  17. 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
  18. 2000 Abreu California Red 750 ml
    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
  19. 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
  20. 2001 Harlan Estate California Red 1.5L
    2001 Harlan Estate - 1.5L
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    This wine, which first debuted in 1990, has probably garnered more perfect scores than any other Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2001 is just entering a young adolescent stage of development, exhibiting extraordinary nuances such as sweet, loa..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $2,395.00
  21. 2001 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil California Red 1.5L
    - 1.5L
    $2,610.00
  22. 2001 Paul Hobbs Cab Sauv Beckstoffer To Kalon Vyd California Red 750 ml
    2001 Paul Hobbs Cab Sauv Beckstoffer To Kalon Vyd - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    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
  23. 2002 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    2002 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    93
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    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
  24. 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
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