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
    $560.00
  3. 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
  4. 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.

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    - 750 ml
    $550.00
  5. 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
    $465.00
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
    $220.00
  9. 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
  10. 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
    $515.00
  11. 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...

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    - 750 ml
    $695.00
  12. sine qua non midnight oil
    - 1.5L
    $2,585.00
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Dominus
    2002 Dominus - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    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
  16. Harlan Estate
    2003 Harlan Estate - 750 ml
    98+
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The bottled 2003 Harlan Estate is as good or even better than I had hoped. With a dark ruby/purple color, silky tannin, and abundant quantities of licorice, graphite, chocolate, espresso, black currant, truffle, and earthy characteristics, ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $645.00
  17. Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vyd
    2006 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vyd - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2006 Syrah Reva, coming from parcels of dark, volcanic soil, has off-the-chart richness and intensity. This thick, opaque-purple colored wine offers up notes of scorched earth, ground pepper, and blackberry liqueur intermixed with cassi..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $379.00
  18. Screaming Eagle
    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
    $3,999.00
  19. Paul Hobbs Cab Sauv Beckstoffer To Kalon Vyd
    2009 Paul Hobbs Cab Sauv Beckstoffer To Kalon Vyd - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard saturates every corner of the palate with layers after layers of rich dark fruit, mocha, spices and licorice. This is a stunning To Kalon endowed with tons of site-specific character..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $499.00
  20. Thomas-Hsi Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
    2012 Thomas-Hsi Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    Availability: In Stock
    ...Bright ruby-red. High-pitched perfume of blackberry and licorice lifted by a violet topnote. Dense and classically dry, with a primary medicinal character to the flavors of blueberry, bitter chocolate, violet and minerals. Conveys a dist..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $159.00
  21. Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
    2012 Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Estate (850 cases), is sensational and about as profound as Napa Cabernet can be. A wine of great intensity, inky purple color, notes of penny, graphite, blackberry and cassis, with a background of wet rock-..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $239.00
  22. Opus One
    2013 Opus One - 750 ml
    100
    JS
    Availability: Available Soon
    The greatest Opus ever. Terrific aromas of crushed black currants, blueberries, and flowers with hints of sweet tobacco. Roses continue to exude opulence and class. Full body, superb balance of ultra-fine tannins and vibrant acidity. Comple..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $515.00
  23. Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
    2013 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard - 750 ml
    96
    WE
    Availability: In Stock
    From Tom and Martha May's famous, organically farmed site in the heart of the appellation, this is a blockbuster vintage of the 100% varietal wine, immaculately structured and full of fresh acidity. The menthol is there, subtle, heightened ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $279.00
  24. Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stardust Heaven
    2013 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stardust Heaven - 1.5L
    98+
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    ...Super-saturated ruby/purple to the rim, a killer nose of blackberry, forest floor, spring flowers and cassis, the wine is full-bodied, shows licorice as well. It is intense, layered and multi-dimensional. This is a stunner and a great, g..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $479.00
  25. Hess Collection The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon
    2013 Hess Collection The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    ...rivals the finest wines ever made at Hess...obviously a cuvee meant to be the best Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine they produce... Inky purple in color it offers notes of lead pencil shavings, white flowers, blueberries and blackberrie..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $165.00
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