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. 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
  2. 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
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    As low as $249.00
  3. 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
  4. 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
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $1,399.00
  5. 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
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    As low as $175.00
  6. 2000 abreu cabernet sauvignon thorevilos California Red
    2000 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Thorevilos
    92
    RP
    The first release from the 20-acre Thorevilos Vineyard (co-owned by David Abreu and Ric Forman) is the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Thorevilos, a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Ca..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  7. 2001 shafer cabernet sauvignon hillside select California Red
    2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
    100
    RP
    The 2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is the first of these back-to-back perfect wines from Shafer that, at age 13, is still a baby, but, wow, what an amazing wine. A ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,275.00
  8. 2002 joseph phelps insignia California Red
    2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia
    100
    RP
    The 2002 boasts an inky/purple color along with notes of graphite, violets, blackberries, creme de cassis and hints of charcoal and barbecue in addition to a full-bodied, multilaye..." Learn More
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    As low as $355.00
  9. 2004 dominus California Red
    2004 Dominus
    97
    RP
    Like so many 2004s, the 2004 Dominus is a full-bodied wine showing brilliantly at age ten, with loads of complex cedar, kirsch, Christmas fruitcake, black currants and spice box. I..." Learn More
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    As low as $245.00
  10. 2007 shafer cabernet sauvignon hillside select California Red
    2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
    100
    RP-HG
    One of the perfect wines from Shafer is the 2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Think it over – in the first decade of the 21st century, Shafer scored three perfect s..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,325.00
  11. 2008 mondavi reserve cabernet sauvignon California Red
    2008 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
    95
    JD
    I was also able to taste a bottle of the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which now at age 10 has shed some baby fat yet still has a youthful, ripe, sexy personality. Offering up l..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  12. 2010 hall exzellenz cabernet sauvignon sacrashe estate vineyard Califonia Red
    2010 Hall Exzellenz Cabernet Sauvignon Sacrashe Estate Vineyard
    100
    RP
    The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Exzellenz Sacrashe Vineyard appears to be the deepest colored wine of this group. It reveals a pungent, penetrating, haunting bouquet of black and blue ..." Learn More
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    As low as $395.00
  13. 2010 martinelli vellutini ranch zinfandel California Red
    2010 Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel
    92
    WS
    This is dense and quite ripe, but backs it up with great intensity and structure. Aromas of blackberry pie and fresh cracked pepper lead to fleshy black cherry, licorice and carame..." Learn More
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    As low as $58.95
  14. 2010 shafer cabernet sauvignon hillside select California Red
    2010 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
    100
    RP
    A remarkable wine, the 2010 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has gone from strength to strength since it was in cask. It is stunningly rich, with classic, fragrant notes o..." Learn More
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    As low as $959.00
  15. 2011 calera de villiers vineyard mt harlan pinot noir California Red
    2011 Calera de Villiers Vineyard Mt Harlan Pinot Noir
    93
    JD
    Bright red cherries, cranberry, spices, mint, hard candy and anise all jump from the glass in the 2011 Pinot Noir de Villiers Vineyard. Hints of crushed flowers and tobacco follow,..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.99
  16. 2012 larkmead cabernet sauvignon solari California Red
    2012 Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon Solari
    99
    JD
    The 2012 Solari is a stunning wine based on 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 20 months in 70% new French oak. As with most 2012s, it’s drinking brilliantly today and sports..." Learn More
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    As low as $305.00
  17. 2012 peter michael cabernet sauvignon au paradis California Red
    2012 Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis
    98
    JS
    A relatively new addition to the Peter Michael range and made from a single vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley. Phenomenal aromas of dust, rust, blackberry, currants and drie..." Learn More
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    As low as $315.00
  18. 2013 calera de villiers vineyard mt harlan pinot noir California Red
    2013 Calera de Villiers Vineyard Mt Harlan Pinot Noir
    95
    VM
    The 2013 Pinot Noir de Villiers Vineyard is intense, pure and brilliant. Dark red cherry, blood orange, lavender, mint, star anise and wild flowers give the de Villiers an exotic e..." Learn More
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    As low as $99.00
  19. 2013 calera mills vineyard mt. harlan pinot noir California Red
    2013 Calera Mills Vineyard Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
    95
    RP
    Jensen's 2013 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard is a beauty! It possesses a medium ruby color and sumptuous notes of mulled cherries, raspberries, dusty earth, spice box and wild herbs. Me..." Learn More
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    As low as $94.99
  20. 2013 calera reed vineyard mt. harlan pinot noir California Red
    2013 Calera Reed Vineyard Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
    96
    WE
    From a vineyard that Josh Jensen planted in 1975 comes this bottling that shows sultry black plum, minty herbs, tarragon, black slate, smashed mulberry and a touch of pork fat. A w..." Learn More
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    As low as $84.99
  21. 2013 calera ryan vineyard mt. harlan pinot noir California Red
    2013 Calera Ryan Vineyard Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
    95+
    VM
    There are just under 900 cases of the 2013 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard, and like the de Villiers cuvee, it spent 19 months in 30% new barrels. This is a big, rich, yet still graceful ..." Learn More
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    As low as $94.99
  22. 2013 lail vineyard cabernet sauvignon mole hill vineyard California Red
    2013 Lail Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Mole Hill Vineyard
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $195.00
  23. 2013 marcassin chardonnay marcassin vineyard California White
    2013 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard
    100
    JD
    While the Pinot Noir lags behind its 2012 counterpart, the same can’t be said about the 2013 Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard. Utter perfection in wine, this awesome beauty boas..." Learn More
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    As low as $799.00
  24. 2013 montelena cabernet sauvignon estate California Red
    2013 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
    96
    RP
    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate opens with profound black and red currant cordial notes over an undercurrent of Indian spices, chargrill, scorched ea..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  25. 2013 myriad cellars cabernet sauvignon beckstoffer dr. crane vyd. elysian reserve California Red
    2013 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vyd. Elysian Reserve
    100
    RP
    The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Elysian Reserve has a black/bluish purple color, extraordinary suppleness and velvety integration of tannin, copious quan..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $1,159.00
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