Typhoon Squad at the Wine Vault: Great looking bottle with good levels. Color was browning and had a delicate nose. Flowers, leather, tobacco and shrooms. Everything you would expect and I thought it was reflective of the vintage. Faded after 30mins.
Farewell Dinner (Charlie Trotter's, Chicago IL): From 1.5L. Huge spice on the nose and palate. Mostly red fruit with some dried floral and earth tones coming through as well. Fully mature and drinking wonderful. Great balance and length.
Farewell to a Great Restaurant (Charlie Trotter's - Chicago IL): From magnum. An exceptional 1976, the best I can ever recall having. Aromas of brown sugar, brown baking spice, roses, leather and well reduced mushrooms. Fully mature fruit on palate, everything in incredible harmony. Long, clean and elegant finish.
After crumbled cork this started out slightly musty, but that blew away quickly (no decant). Got more expansive and rounded out as we drank the bottle. Beautiful aromas of spicy fruit and tea. Smooth on the palate with freshness but no noticeable tannic grip. Very pretty.
Despite a low fill and palish color, perfectly sound and still (barely) at peak. From tasting this alongside such classics as 1962 and 1971 La Tache, I know it's not really a 95-point wine. But tonight, drunk on its own with a rack of Colorado lamb, this seems as good as Burgundy can get. More essences fused in that nose than I can possibly isolate; classic Vosne spice blossoming on the palate; great length on the finish. Unless in magnum perfectly cellared, drink now.
Opened in the cellar of our good friends in Toulouse. My birth year and really a treat. Fully mature nose of roses, leather, dried tea leaves, mushrooms, earth and soy sauce. The palate matched with many layers and some iron notes. Very long, lingering finish. So much going on here. Was still going strong after two hours.