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2 up Shiraz 2007
2 up Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 99523)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark berries with spicy stewed plums and dark cherries. Long lingering finish reflecting blackberries and blueberries on the palate, with fine tannins and notes of complex spices.

Pair with Italian dishes, ribs, grilled meats such as aged beef and lamb.

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About 2 up:

2 up is sourced from vineyards located in Southern Fleurieu and McLaren Vale. The vineyards of the Southern Fleurieu contribute color together with a signature blackberry and spice. The McLaren Vale vineyards give depth and texture together with the complex spice, dark plums and cherry always associated with this region. Together the two regions provide depth, complexity and a powerful mid-palate. Two-up is a popular, centuries old, Australian game of chance played in the back of pubs using two pennies and a paddle called a "kip." Bets get placed, coins get tossed, and everyone goes wild till the pennies land… either both heads—a "two-up," tails or odds—a "one-up." If you get a two-up, you double your money. Odds, you simply throw again. If you get two tails, you lose and it's the next thrower's turn.


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Dominus Estate 2006
Dominus Estate 2006
(search item no. 99015)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
James Suckling rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $119.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1992 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1991 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1987 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1983 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Dominus 2006 epitomizes the best qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon in a great terroir of Napa Valley. This wine harmoniously integrates tremendous power, purity of fruit and lingering finesse. It clearly possesses an exceptional potential for aging.

Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. No Merlot was used in the blend this year.

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About Dominus:

In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.

His love of Napa Valley lingered and in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name 'Dominus' or 'Lord of the Estate' in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.



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Two Hands Angels' Share Shiraz 2008
Two Hands Angels' Share Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 102340)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $28.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Deep black with a slightly purple rim.

Aroma: An aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits such as cherries and blackcurrants, with notes of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, peppermint, liquorice and subtle pepper.

Palate: The palate starts out quite thick and very smooth. A layered density emerges across the palate leaving a fresh mouth feel. Whilst the tannins are quite firm, they are balanced with a good amount of fleshy fruit weight. This wine finishes with excellent precision and persistence.

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About Two Hands Wines:

Two Hands Wines was founded in 1999 by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz. Their aim was, and still is, to produce the best possible wines from prized Shiraz growng regions throughout Australia. "Quality without compromise" is a core value that drives all decisions from fruit and oak selection to packaging and promotion. Winemaker Matt Wenk has been with Two Hands since 2002 and, together with Michael Twelftree, oversees every aspect of the winemaking process. Their flagship Shiraz, Ares, represents the very best parcels in each vintage and is sselected through an intense barrel classification process. This blend of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale Shiraz displays the incredible depth of flavor and balance that are hallmarks of this wine.


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d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2008
d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 104575)
screw cap wine
has video
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Footbolt shows off a brooding nose of dark red cherries, rhubarb and cardamon spices, with underlying earthiness. The generous palate is well-structured, with juicy blood plums and mulberries on the mid palate, rounded out by cinnamon spice from seasoned oak and balanced acidity to keep the ripe fruit in check. Firm, powdery tannins provide a memorable finish.
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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


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Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006
Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006
(search item no. 102695)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $99.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Red has a dense purple color with extracted, toasty aromas of blackberry reduction, black currant and bittersweet cocoa. It is firm and beautiful on the palate with fruit flavors, firm tannins and phenolic balance for longevity. This concentrated wine leaves a long, lingering finish.
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About Pahlmeyer:

Jayson Pahlmeyer has been producing highly sought-after wines since 1986. It began with Jayson's dream to make world-class Bordeaux-style wine from Napa Valley. Pahlmeyer's estate vineyard - Waters Rance - is situated at 2100 feet in the Atlas Peak appellation of Napa Valley. It is the key source for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Chardonnay. Jayson's passion eventually led him to the Sonoma Coast, where less than seven miles and two ridges from the Pacific Ocean, he planted Wayfarer Farm, their key source for Pinot Noir.