Farewell Dinner (Charlie Trotter's, Chicago IL): From 1.5L. Great balance of ripe fruit and earth. Currant, plum and some blackberry. Wet tobacco leaf. Sweet fruit and mushroom on the palate with great balance. Powerful finish with good acidity.
Farewell to a Great Restaurant (Charlie Trotter's - Chicago IL): From magnum. Second time I have tasted this wine in four days! I think this magnum might have been a little better than the 750 from this weekend, with a bit more fruit left. Lots of power and great textures along with enticing earthy/mushroomy aromas and flavors.
Acker Auction (Waldorf Astoria - Chicago, IL): Nose of balsamic, soy, dark floral notes and subtle cherry. The palate was mature with wet leaves, dried tobacco, dark cherry and herbs. The great part about this wine was the grip the palate still had. Despite being mature, it still had nice energy and tension on the palate.
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