“Could you ever need me,
And would you know how?”
Christie McVie (1979)
And there begins Tusk, Fleetwood Mac’s epic follow up to their epic album Rumours. After that album blew up the entire planet with its undeniable and enduring awesomeness, only a band of intergalactic genius would kick off the follow up with an introspective ballad like ‘Over & Over.’ What a track and what a false dawn, as the next track ‘The Ledge’ blows the collective Fleetwood Mac fan hive band into smithereens with its overt weirdness and foreshadows the fact that nothing about ‘the Mac’ will ever be the same again. What an important moment in music history, the band that helped create the sound of smooth LA cool announces its end, with Roxy Music’s Avalon to come as a fitting epitaph in 1982. For this reason, ‘Over & Over’ signifies the ability to break with the past, transcend expectation and convention, to redefine yourself, and to be thoroughly awesome all at the same time. This is a delicious drop from the Quarry Ridge Vineyard. Hyper cool climate from the site that produces Gymkata Syrah, Admiral Ackbar Sémillon and Icarus Cab Merlot.
The fruit was hand-harvested in a single pass and the vast majority of the Pinot Noir was destemmed and lightly crushed atop a minute 10% whole-clusters at the bottom of the bank. The lot was cold soaked for four days the warmed up and fermented naturally with daily hand plunging over the course of 19 days. It was then pressed very slowly and carefully directly to French barriques (5% new) where it aged for six months with two rackings during that time. The barrels were then blended to tank to settle for two weeks prior to being bottled without fining or filtration and just a small sulfur addition.