Echelon

Lost Draw Cellars

Texas Pinot Meunier 2021

Petillant Naturel. Holy smokes this one moves the goal post. A different echelon. I didn’t share this bottle with my family. It was all me. Colorful, amazingly ripe but clean fruit, expressive but finished without the perspective of the tannic non-autolysis texture I despise in Pet-Nat. Wow wow. I taste a lot. A 10/10 in its class. — 3 months ago

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

Vosne-Romanée Pinot Noir 2017

Comte Liger Belair Vosne Romanée 2017 is such a gorgeous wine. Signature CLB aromatics and expression that always drinks so well young. Of course, it doesn’t have the length of the upper echelon wines in the range, but you may not even notice if  it wasn’t standing alongside the big guns. Outstanding village. — a year ago

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Tenuta San Guido

Bolgheri Sassicaia Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2001

Our last bottle in London before we move back! Thank you to my team for the awesome gift!

1hr+ decant. Red color with brownish orange edges. Nose contains cedar, graphite, and green elements. Complex wine that has a nice balance of tannins and depth. Very lively and probably at the perfect drinking age. Long finish. Definitely a top echelon wine!
— a year ago

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Going out in style

Bolero Cellars

Garnacha 2015

Cherry cola meets dusty tea nose. Like the new cherry cola tea Icee flavor you would have as a kid on a weekend shopping spree. Smooth and subdued, a refined yet fun and sexy fruit-forward leathered cola romp on a saddle. The upper echelon of the region. Giddy-up! Enjoyed with white saucy scallops and mushrooms over par-cooked onions and penne. — 2 years ago

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Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Les Genevrières Meursault 1er Cru Chardonnay 2010

Whereas some 2010 White Burgundy (originally hailed as a top vintage) outside of the super upper echelon is overly advancing and dying to be drunk, 2010 PYCM Genevrieres has many years ahead. It needed a great deal of air before it could strut its stuff, but when it got there, that’s just what it did. A sufficient decant unleashes its core with killer yellow fruit intensity, white flowers, smoky minerals, hazelnuts and toasty oak. The palate becomes equally as intense with superb weight, a stunningly luxurious texture and a persistent and powerful finish. PYCM at its finest, but with an exceptional and lengthy future for 2010 Genevrieres. — 4 months ago

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Textbook (Jonathan & Susan Pey)

Mise En Place Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Having a great wine day!

This was fantastic! 1hr+ decant and could use more. Probably close to optimal drinking age. Phenomenal nose of oak, graphite, cedar, and tar. Wine has medium plus depth and is well integrated. Vanilla, blackberries, oak, and earth on the palate. Medium plus finish. Wine is a little over oaked and could use more fruit. Great regardless! Wish I could have had this blind against some top echelon Cabs and Bordeaux, as I think it would have been shocking!
— a year ago

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Two Hands

Bella's Garden Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010

David T
9.4

Our friends also brought Tri-tip to cook on the Green Egg. Not just any Tri-tip. This is the Cardiff. On the packaging, it refers to a website called CardiffCrack.com and can be ordered from https://order.seasidemarket.com/ @Paul T- Huntington Beach you are going to want to try this without question or hesitation and have some older Shiraz with it.

This is the most tender & flavorful Tri-tip I’ve had...all of us. For me, most are too seasoned/salty and not all that tender. You could almost cut it with a fork. I’ll be making this again & again. This is Goldilocks third porridge...just right.

I find Two Hands to be in the conversation of upper echelon Barossa producers.

I thought this would be a good classic pairing for Tri-tip. This slid into the perfect pairing for the style of the Cardiff. They hugged each other nicely. Really good.

For me as it is with may other big red wine regions, this wine needs 10 years plus to start showing how incredible they can be and has another 7 plus years of good drinking ahead of it.

This was smooth, elegant with round supple tannins. Broad spectrum of ripe, black, purple & blue fruits. It’s core dark with sweet tarriness, expresso roast, pepper, fresh tobacco, dark spices & limestone minerals. Dark; red, purple, blue florals framed in a field of violets & lavender. The acidity is excellent and the wine wire to wire is supple, has great balance, elegance with long staying power & persistence.

Photos of our 2017 visit toTwo Hands. Tasting room approach, fountain on the back grounds and view from their tasting patio.
— 2 years ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

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Which one ? Burgundy Pepper or Chipotle?
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Burgundy Pepper Crack.
Joseph Barsky

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Looks the same as our visit there in 2006. Bought some 2004 Bella’s and have loved it. Still wear my Two Hands ball cap bought there.

Tatomer

Steinhugel Riesling 2015

With this 12.8% example Graham catapults himself to the top echelon of Riesling producers. Tasted twice over 2 days. This is an awesome wine. Well balanced with plenty of acid, Rangpur lime, hint of sour blackberries. Very well priced at 22$. Less for the Club members! — 4 months ago

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Howell Mountain Vineyards

Howell Mountain Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

Upper echelon Zin. Alc. kept reasonable at 14.5%. Nose has pure, perfectly ripe spicy blackberry, gravel, a whisp of high-toned smoke. Good ripeness in the mouth but balanced beautifully with surprising acids, which keep it buoyant. Tannins there but super-soft and just hanging out in the background. Reminiscent of the Zins of yore. — 6 months ago

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Haven't been lucky enough to sample their stuff in the last decade or so but it sounds same as it ever was. Yum.

Domaine Tempier

Bandol Mourvedre Blend 2016

Half bottle. 30+ minute decant. Definitely a top echelon nose - perfume, flowers (violets?), dirt, dark cherry fruit etc. Well balanced wine on the palate with dark fruit and a perfect combination of richness and finesse. Medium plus finish. Aging potential but don’t give too much air. Paired great with Chinese food. All the reason I’ve been buying this wine for the better part of a decade!! — 2 years ago

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