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. 1983 heitz cabernet sauvignon bella oaks California Red
    1983 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Bella Oaks
    90
    WS
    Lean and well balanced, ripe cherry and spice with rich fruit of moderate d epth. It's got nicely defined fruit, concentration and an elegant feel on the palate. Tannins are in pro..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $199.00
  2. 1985 joseph phelps eisele vineyard napa California Red
    1985 Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Napa
    94
    JG
    (Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon “Eisele Vineyard”) True to the Phelps impeccable track record throughout the vintages of the 1980s (in my book the golden ag..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $299.00
  3. 1987 opus one California Red
    1987 Opus One
    96
    WS
    Extra facets and dimensions abound in this deeplycomplex and flavorful wine. Impressive for itsfocus and finesse, though there's an underlyingfirmness and authority in the core of ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $5,495.00
  4. 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
  5. 1988 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1988 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $239.00
  6. 1990 mondavi reserve cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1990 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
    94
    RP
    This wine is just beginning to drink spectacularly well. The rustic, big, thick 1990 is Californian in its orientation. It is loaded with flavor, but the tannin is coarser when com..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $1,335.00
  7. 1990 stag's leap cabernet sauvignon cask 23 California Red
    1990 Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23
    93
    WS
    Very fruity, even verges on jammy, but maintains balance with layers of berry, cherry and vanilla aromas and flavors and full tannins. Full-bodied, with a sweet, fruity finish. Big..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $289.00
  8. 1992 diamond creek red rock terrace California Red
    1992 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $185.00
  9. 1992 diamond creek volcanic hill California Red
    1992 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $245.00
  10. 1994 joseph phelps insignia California Red
    1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia
    98
    RP
    The 1994 boasts an inky/purple color along with a glorious nose of black raspberries, blackberries and black currants that is still somewhat primary despite nearly 18 years in bott..." Learn More
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    As low as $379.00
  11. 1995 pahlmeyer merlot California Red
    1995 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    94
    RP
    I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that Pahlmeyer's Merlot is now the finest being produced in California. One might quibble over other styles of Merlot, but no producer..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $195.00
  12. 1996 araujo eisele cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1996 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
    94
    RP
    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-bod..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $209.00
  13. 1996 diamond creek lake vineyard cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1996 Diamond Creek Lake Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,799.00
  14. 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
  15. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $649.00
  16. 1997 caymus special selection California Red
    1997 Caymus Special Selection
    94
    W&S
    No written review provided. | 94 W&S..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $299.00
  17. 1997 pahlmeyer merlot California Red
    1997 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    96
    RP
    Pahlmeyer's 1997 Merlot may be the finest Merlot ever produced in California. A profound blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers gorgeous smoky, black cherry liqu..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $205.00
  18. 1997 pahlmeyer proprietary red California Red
    1997 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
    98
    RP
    The finest proprietary red produced by Pahlmeyer to date is their 1997 (a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Petit-Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec). Produ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $589.00
  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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $845.00
  20. 1997 stag's leap cabernet sauvignon cask 23 California Red
    1997 Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23
    92
    W&S
    No written review provided | 92 W&SBright red-ruby. Very complex, inviting, slightly roasted nose combines cassis, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, herbs and mellow oak tones. L..." Learn More
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    As low as $385.00
  21. 1998 opus one California Red
    1998 Opus One
    93
    VM
    Next to the 1997, the 1998 Opus One is naturally a bit slender, but it, too, boasts striking balance. Savory herbs, mint, licorice and plums are woven together in a fabric of notab..." Learn More
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    As low as $535.00
  22. 1998 sine qua non e raised California Red
    1998 Sine Qua Non E Raised
    97
    RP
    In addition to these new releases, I was also able to taste through a number of older vintages, including the 2001 Albino, 2006 Hoodoo Man, 2003 The Inaugural, 2004 Ode to E, 1998 ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,495.00
  23. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $175.00
  24. 2000 abreu California Red
    2000 Abreu
    92
    RP
    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 ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $179.00
  25. 2001 dominus California Red
    2001 Dominus
    98
    RP
    A brilliant showing for Christian Moueix’s well-known Napanook Vineyard, the 2001 Dominus is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Ver..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $435.00
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