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 Caymus Special Selection California Red 750 ml
    1990 Caymus Special Selection - 750 ml
    97
    WS
    Availability: Available Soon
    Well oaked, very complex and quite distinctive, in the Caymus style. Shows ripe, opulent tiers of currant, herb, anise, cedar and spice flavors and finishes with a smooth, plush texture and an intensity that bodes well for aging.--Cabernet ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $319.00
  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. Bryant Family
    1994 Bryant Family - 750 ml
    98
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    A potentially perfect wine, the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a fabulous nose of cassis, cream, blueberries, violets, minerals, and spice. It smells like a hypothetical blend of a great vintage of L'Evangile, Clinet, and Mouton-Rothschild...." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $489.00
  4. Bryant Family
    1995 Bryant Family - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon is cut from the same mold as the profound 1996, displaying astonishing levels of black fruits (the usual suspects - blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cassis), phenomenal concentration, and virtually per..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $485.00
  5. 1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select California Red 750 ml
    1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select possesses lots of fatness in the mid-palate. There is plenty of tannin in this full-bodied, rich effort. It is remarkable how the finest California Cabernets combine extraordinary power and richne..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $455.00
  6. 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
  7. 1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 1.5L
    1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L
    95
    VM
    Availability: In Stock
    Deep ruby-red. High-pitched, slightly floral aromas of black raspberry, plum, lead pencil and a hint of chocolate. Great velvety sweetness and ripeness in the mouth; enticing game and mocha notes complement the dark berry fruit. Already sho..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $649.00
  8. 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
  9. 1997 Bryant Family California Red 750 ml
    1997 Bryant Family - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    I have consumed several bottles of the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill. One of the most awesome young reds I have ever tasted, it possesses a black/purple color, a seamless texture, and freakishly high levels of intensity (cassis, bl..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $955.00
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 2000 Kalin Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvee DD Sonoma California Red 750 ml
    2000 Kalin Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvee DD Sonoma - 750 ml
    95+
    JG
    Availability: In Stock
    My goodness, where has the time gone? Here is a pinot noir from Frances and Terry Leighton that actually has its roots in the twenty-first century! It happens to be from the Demostene Ranch, home to Kalin’s finest pinot bottlings sinc..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $44.95
  14. 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
  15. 2001 Hundred Acre Vyd Cabernet Sauv Kayli Morgan California Red 750 ml
    2001 Hundred Acre Vyd Cabernet Sauv Kayli Morgan - 750 ml
    98
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    Having performed spectacularly well last year in the retrospective of ten-year old Napa Cabernets, this 2001 remains incredibly young, with all of its potential waiting to burst forth. Its dense purple color is followed by notes of mulberri..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $529.00
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 2002 Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It California Red 3L
    2002 Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It - 3L
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    A dead-ringer (at least aromatically) for Guigal’s single vineyard Cote Rotie La Mouline, the 2002 Just For The Love of It is the greatest California Syrah I have yet tasted. A one-thousand case blend of 96% Syrah, 2% Grenache, and 2%..." Learn More
    - 3L
    $7,395.00
  19. 2002 Harlan Estate California Red 1.5L
    2002 Harlan Estate - 1.5L
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The extraordinary Harlan Estate, which I awarded 100 points seven years ago, offers no justifiable reason to doubt its perfect score. It is still a baby, with an inky purple color and notes of smoky camphor intermixed with creme de cassis, ..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $2,499.00
  20. 2002 Peter Michael Les Pavots California Red 750 ml
    2002 Peter Michael Les Pavots - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    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 ahead of it. At this point, it is tasting like a vigorous y..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $269.00
  21. Bryant Family
    2003 Bryant Family - 750 ml
    97
    RP-HG
    Availability: In Stock
    There are 400 cases of the brilliant 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was tasted several months after bottling. This broodingly dense opaque purple-colored wine offers an extraordinary nose of blueberries, smoky oak, chocolate, and licorice. ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $315.00
  22. 2003 Abreu California Red 750 ml
    2003 Abreu - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2003 Madrona Ranch, which is largely Cabernet Sauvignon, possesses a freshness that almost belies the vintage character. Its dense purple color is just beginning to reveal some garnet. The nose exhibits abundant floral notes intermixed ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    Special Price $279.00 was $319.00
  23. Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (6-Pack OWC)
    2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (6-Pack OWC) - 750 ml
    95
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    ...The 2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has a dense, purple color, notes of creosote, graphite, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and scorched earth. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and excellent purity, while some rather n..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $299.00
  24. 2004 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon California Red 750 ml
    2004 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    A staggeringly great wine from this iconic property in Rutherford, Scarecrow’s 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) boasts a dense ruby/purple color, a deep, rich, full-bodied style with perfect balance/equilibrium, stunn..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $899.00
  25. 2004 Screaming Eagle California Red 750 ml
    2004 Screaming Eagle - 750 ml
    97+
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2004, which is nearly 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, with tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, is an up-front style of wine...The wine has a dark ruby/purple color and a sweet cassis nose with some licorice and very subtle camphor and..." Learn More
    Rating:
    90% of 100
    - 750 ml
    $3,249.00
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