The full-throttle fruit of high-end Aussie shiraz is on majestic display in this 2005 bottle of Lily's Garden from the McLaren Vale cult winery Two Hands. Each glassful brims with the ripe, dark smell of juicy blackberries, but it's a long and lingering finish brushed with chewy licorice, mint, and a tingle of black pepper that separates it from less complex shiraz. Prices on Two Hands' coveted Garden series rise each year, but for such a special bottle, Pennsylvania has a nice discount ($39.99, marked down from the suggested retail of $60) that makes it worth a splurge.
The Two Hands 2005 Lily's Garden is available in selected Pennsylvania State Stores for $39.99.
- Craig LaBan