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. 1983 heitz cabernet sauvignon bella oaks California Red
    1983 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Bella Oaks
    90
    WS
    Lean and well balanced, ripe cherry and spice with rich fruit of moderate d epth. It's got nicely defined fruit, concentration and an elegant feel on the palate. Tannins are in pro..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $199.00
  2. 1985 joseph phelps eisele vineyard napa California Red
    1985 Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Napa
    94
    JG
    (Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon “Eisele Vineyard”) True to the Phelps impeccable track record throughout the vintages of the 1980s (in my book the golden ag..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  3. 1987 opus one California Red
    1987 Opus One
    96
    WS
    Extra facets and dimensions abound in this deeplycomplex and flavorful wine. Impressive for itsfocus and finesse, though there's an underlyingfirmness and authority in the core of ..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $5,495.00
  4. 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
  5. 1988 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1988 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
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    As low as $239.00
  6. 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
  7. 1990 stag's leap cabernet sauvignon cask 23 California Red
    1990 Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23
    93
    WS
    Very fruity, even verges on jammy, but maintains balance with layers of berry, cherry and vanilla aromas and flavors and full tannins. Full-bodied, with a sweet, fruity finish. Big..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $289.00
  8. 1992 diamond creek red rock terrace California Red
    1992 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $185.00
  9. 1992 diamond creek volcanic hill California Red
    1992 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill
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    As low as $245.00
  10. 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
  11. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $195.00
  12. 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
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    As low as $209.00
  13. 1996 diamond creek lake vineyard cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1996 Diamond Creek Lake Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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    As low as $1,799.00
  14. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $249.00
  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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $649.00
  16. 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
  17. 1997 kathryn kennedy cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Kathryn Kennedy Cabernet Sauvignon
    93
    WS
    Beautifully crafted. Elegant, refined and complex, with a supple, polished band of anise, currant, black cherry and toasty oak, finishing with a long stream of flavors. Best from 2..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $149.00
  18. 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
  19. 1997 pahlmeyer proprietary red California Red
    1997 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
    98
    RP
    The finest proprietary red produced by Pahlmeyer to date is their 1997 (a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Petit-Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec). Produ..." Learn More
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    As low as $589.00
  20. 1997 philip togni cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
    98
    RP
    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has to be one of the great buys left for profound Napa Cabernet. He’s done the aging for you, and of course the wine is still an adolescent in ter..." Learn More
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    As low as $845.00
  21. 1997 stag's leap cabernet sauvignon cask 23 California Red
    1997 Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23
    92
    W&S
    No written review provided | 92 W&SBright red-ruby. Very complex, inviting, slightly roasted nose combines cassis, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, herbs and mellow oak tones. L..." Learn More
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    As low as $385.00
  22. 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
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    As low as $535.00
  23. 1998 sine qua non e raised California Red
    1998 Sine Qua Non E Raised
    97
    RP
    In addition to these new releases, I was also able to taste through a number of older vintages, including the 2001 Albino, 2006 Hoodoo Man, 2003 The Inaugural, 2004 Ode to E, 1998 ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,495.00
  24. 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
  25. 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
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