California Red Wines

California Red Wines

Whether it’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel, Californian red wine producers have a lovely habit of taking a varietal and expressing its essence in a unique, never before seen way. From Napa Valley to the regions south of Los Angeles, there’s a red for everyone – and it’s never too late to start exploring.
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  1. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $535.00
  2. 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
  3. 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
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    As low as $179.00
  4. 1999 abreu California Red
    1999 Abreu
    93
    RP
    The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Merlot) exhibits a saturated purple color in addition to a gorgeous bouquet of espresso..." Learn More
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    As low as $219.00
  5. 2007 vineyard 29 cabernet sauvignon California Red
    2007 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon
    98
    RP
    The flagship wine, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard 29 Estate, is an extraordinary effort. Performing even better than it did last year from barrel, this 100% Cabernet Sauvigno..." Learn More
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    As low as $275.00
  6. 2006 dominus California Red
    2006 Dominus
    96
    JS
    Starting to take on the tertiary character of ripe fruit and savory components with dusty tannins. Full and round with a lovely texture and a light salty, meaty and tobacco charact..." Learn More
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    As low as $245.00
  7. 2008 abreu howell mountain California Red
    2008 Abreu Howell Mountain
    98
    VM
    David Abreu’s 2008 Howell Mountain is in some ways a contrast to the Dunn, but to be honest, I am quite surprised by how similar both wines are. The Abreu has more fruit inte..." Learn More
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    As low as $279.00
  8. 2002 peter michael les pavots California Red
    2002 Peter Michael Les Pavots
    99
    RP
    A great, great success (and of course, this is Knight’s Valley material), the 2002 Les Pavots, which I loved from barrel as well as bottle, still has a good 20+ years of life..." Learn More
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    As low as $345.00
  9. 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
  10. 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
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    As low as $435.00
  11. 1997 dominus California Red
    1997 Dominus
    95
    VM
    Saturated ruby-red. Multidimensional nose offers a panoply of scents: black plum, currant, leather, smoked meat, cigar ash, lead pencil, sandalwood, dark chocolate, licorice, brown..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  12. 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
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    As low as $195.00
  13. 1997 montelena cabernet sauvignon estate California Red
    1997 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
    98
    RP
    There are 10,200 cases of the remarkable 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Opaque purple-colored with a dense, chewy, full-bodied personality, it displays abundant cassis, mineral, a..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  14. 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
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    3L
    As low as $1,335.00
  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
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    As low as $649.00
  16. 2007 ridge monte bello cabernet sauvignon California Red
    2007 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon
    97
    JS
    Blueberries, currants and flowers. The nose just pops out. Intense. Full body, with a round and velvety tannin structure and lots of currants, ripe strawberries. Very intense every..." Learn More
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    As low as $275.00
  17. 2005 peter michael les pavots California Red
    2005 Peter Michael Les Pavots
    95
    RP
    The 2005 Les Pavots (3,600 cases of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot) is a sensational wine, with a style that suggests a hypotheti..." Learn More
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    As low as $209.00
  18. 2007 peter michael les pavots California Red
    2007 Peter Michael Les Pavots
    97
    RP
    The 2007 Les Pavots, a Bordeaux varietal blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot, is brilliant. Its opaque purple color is accompanied ..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  19. 2014 paul hobbs cabernet sauvignon dr crane vyd California Red
    2014 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Dr Crane Vyd
    100
    RP
    Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard offers up a profound and singular nose of l..." Learn More
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    As low as $699.00
  20. 2013 philip togni cabernet sauvignon California Red
    2013 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
    100
    DEC
    Every time I taste Philip Togni's 2013, the more profound it seems. Bursting from the glass with complex aromas of red and black fruit, burning embers, pungent violet, rich cocoa a..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  21. 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
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    As low as $239.00
  22. 1997 caymus special selection California Red
    1997 Caymus Special Selection
    94
    W&S
    No written review provided. | 94 W&S..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  23. 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
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    As low as $205.00
  24. 2012 bevan cellars proprietary red ontogeny California Red
    2012 Bevan Cellars Proprietary Red Ontogeny
    99
    RP
    The nearly perfect 2012 Proprietary Red Ontogeny is Bevan’s least expensive and biggest production cuvée (700 cases). A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verd..." Learn More
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    As low as $249.00
  25. 2009 shafer cabernet sauvignon hillside select California Red
    2009 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
    98+
    RP
    Made entirely of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 Hillside Select has a deep garnet color. Wow—it explodes from the glass with this atomic nose of crème de cassis, Black F..." Learn More
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    As low as $369.00
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