California Wines

California Wines

California Wines

With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world’s most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region’s produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it.

While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California’s most talented.

Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover worth their salt would die to visit. California’s quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine, making it feel like a unique, standalone piece, rather than a derivative.

A New World region rises to join its viticultural forebears. Its meteoric rise to fame has been nothing short of stunning, and today California can compete with the world’s most prominent wine regions.

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  1. 1990 Opus One California Red 750 ml
    1990 Opus One - 750 ml
    96
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    Dramatic, with its ripe, rich, plush core of exotic currant, anise, cedar, vanilla and berry notes that are enormously c..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $620.00
  2. 1990 Caymus Special Selection California Red 750 ml
    1990 Caymus Special Selection - 750 ml
    97
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    Well oaked, very complex and quite distinctive, in the Caymus style. Shows ripe, opulent tiers of currant, herb, anise, ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $259.00
  3. 1992 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    1992 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    96
    RP
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    The 1992s (the Alexander Valley will be released in August, 1996 and the Napa Valley in February, 1997) are beautifully ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $145.00
  4. 1993 Dalla Valle Maya California Red 750 ml
    1993 Dalla Valle Maya - 750 ml
    98
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    The Maya Proprietary red wine is usually a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc and 55% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1993 Maya is awes..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $375.00
  5. 1993 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    1993 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    97
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    Araujo Estate's 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard may eclipse the great 1991. It offers a huge nose of black-cherr..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $249.00
  6. 1994 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red California Red 1.5L
    1994 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red - 1.5L
    96
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    The proprietary red wine made by Pahlmeyer is usually a blend of 75%-80% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Cabernet Fr..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $589.00
  7. 1994 Opus One California Red 750 ml
    1994 Opus One - 750 ml
    97
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    Like the '87, there's a wonderful sense of harmony and finesse to this graceful, elegant wine. Lots of complex flavors, ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $540.00
  8. 1995 Peter Michael Les Pavots California Red 750 ml
    1995 Peter Michael Les Pavots - 750 ml
    91
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    1996 was a much hotter year than 1997, 1995, and 1994. While the 1996s are outstanding wines, in some cases the aromatic..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $175.00
  9. 1995 Dominus California Red 750 ml
    1995 Dominus - 750 ml
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    The 1995 Dominus is very much cut from the same cloth as the 1994, with a deep bouquet of baked black cherry, cassis, tr..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $255.00
  10. 1995 Dominus California Red 1.5L
    1995 Dominus - 1.5L
    94
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    The 1995 Dominus is very much cut from the same cloth as the 1994, with a deep bouquet of baked black cherry, cassis, tr..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $435.00
  11. 1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select California Red 750 ml
    1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - 750 ml
    99
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    The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select possesses lots of fatness in the mid-palate. There is plenty of tannin in th..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $409.00
  12. 1996 Opus One California Red 750 ml
    1996 Opus One - 750 ml
    97
    DEC
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    One of the best vintages of the vertical, the fruit feels well defined and bright, the fleshy berry expression is certai..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $550.00
  13. 1996 Sterling Vineyard Reserve SVR California Red 750 ml
    1996 Sterling Vineyard Reserve SVR - 750 ml
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    Deliciously complex, this Cabernet blend delivers a pretty array of ripe currant, black cherry, sage, cedar and spice no..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $99.99
  14. 1996 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    1996 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    95
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    Araujo's Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard has become a benchmark.

    The 1996 had been bottled several months be..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $219.00
  15. 1997 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 1.5L
    1997 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L
    98
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    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has to be one of the great buys left for profound Napa Cabernet. He’s done the aging f..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $845.00
  16. 1997 Harlan The Maiden California Red 750 ml
    1997 Harlan The Maiden - 750 ml
    94
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    Readers should not overlook the dense purple-colored 1997 Maiden, a creamy-textured, full-bodied, unctuously thick, rich..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $259.00
  17. 1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 1.5L
    1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L
    95
    VM
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    Deep ruby-red. High-pitched, slightly floral aromas of black raspberry, plum, lead pencil and a hint of chocolate. Great..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $649.00
  18. 1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select California Red 1.5L
    1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - 1.5L
    100
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    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select appears to be a clone of the 1994. Like many of the finest wines of this vin..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $1,099.00
  19. 1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia California Red 750 ml
    1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 750 ml
    100
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    An inky/plum/purple color is accompanied by a stunning bouquet of violets, charcoal, creme de cassis and a hint of toast..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $499.00
  20. 1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia California Red 1.5L
    1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 1.5L
    100
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    An inky/plum/purple color is accompanied by a stunning bouquet of violets, charcoal, creme de cassis and a hint of toast..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $995.00
  21. 1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select California Red 750 ml
    1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - 750 ml
    100
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    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select appears to be a clone of the 1994. Like many of the finest wines of this vin..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $539.00
  22. 1997 Opus One California Red 750 ml
    1997 Opus One - 750 ml
    100
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    Jumps out of the glass, another one that stands out among the very best in the line-up; intense, well integrated flavour..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $550.00
  23. Bryant Family
    1998 Bryant Family - 750 ml
    93
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    The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is a fine wine. While it does not reveal much weight, it is a dense plum/purp..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $349.00
  24. 1998 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    1998 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    91
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    (Cabernet Sauvignon- Philip Togni Vineyard) 1998 was another cool year- similar to 2011 notes Lisa Togni- and the wine i..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $135.00
  25. 1998 Harlan The Maiden California Red 750 ml
    1998 Harlan The Maiden - 750 ml
    91
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    The 1998 Maiden is prodigious. I know it is tempting to pooh-pooh second wines, but this is no afterthought from owner B..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $159.00
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