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
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    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. 1985 joseph phelps insignia California Red
    1985 Joseph Phelps Insignia
    95
    RP
    Fresh, lively notes of spice box, roasted herbs, black currants and plums are followed by a dark, broodingly backward wine with impressive richness, full body and a long finish dis..." Learn More
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    As low as $315.00
  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 opus one California Red
    1988 Opus One
    92
    VM
    A layered, impeccably graceful wine, the 1988 Opus One is all about textural harmony and balance. Sweet, silky tannins wrap around the expressive fruit in a wine that stands out fo..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $640.00
  6. 1988 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1988 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
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    As low as $239.00
  7. 1990 joseph phelps insignia California Red
    1990 Joseph Phelps Insignia
    91
    RP
    The 1990 Insignia still possesses a healthy dark ruby/purple-tinged color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge. Lots of licorice, black currant, Chinese black tea, cedarwo..." Learn More
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    As low as $169.00
  8. 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
  9. 1991 diamond creek gravelly meadow California Red
    1991 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow
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    As low as $235.00
  10. 1991 diamond creek volcanic hill California Red
    1991 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill
    91
    WS
    This is a deceptively rich and detailed wine. Though it lacks overt ripe fruitiness, it adequately compensates with a mix of rich, earthy currant, hints of cherry and berry and tra..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  11. 1991 mondavi reserve cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1991 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
    93
    VM
    (13.4% alcohol; 70% To Kalon): Good dark red. Inviting aromas and flavors of currant, spices, tobacco and mocha complicated by nuances of meat and leather. Sweet, pliant, elegant C..." Learn More
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    As low as $259.00
  12. 1992 diamond creek red rock terrace California Red
    1992 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace
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    As low as $185.00
  13. 1992 diamond creek volcanic hill California Red
    1992 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill
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    As low as $245.00
  14. 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
  15. 1994 opus one California Red
    1994 Opus One
    97
    WS
    Like the '87, there's a wonderful sense of harmony and finesse to this graceful, elegant wine. Lots of complex flavors, with tiers of spicy currant and black cherry. Long, intricat..." Learn More
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    As low as $550.00
  16. 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
  17. 1995 pahlmeyer proprietary red California Red
    1995 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
    96
    RP
    Pahlmeyer's proprietary red table wine tends to be Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated (usually 80-85%) with small portions of Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The 1995 P..." Learn More
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    As low as $479.00
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $249.00
  21. 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
  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 far niente cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon
    93
    WE
    Earthy, meaty and spicy-it's what Napa Cabernet is supposed to be. Perfectly balanced, smooth and totally correct, it has cherry and chocolate in spades and lots of grip. In the en..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $159.00
  24. 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
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    As low as $149.00
  25. 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
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