2017 Ancient Ocean Free Run
It has long been known that the Free Run Juice, (that which is gravity-fed off lees from the fermenter) is the most desirable. This wine, drained into the finest of extra tight grain French Barrels with no pressing, is akin to extra virgin olive oil. We have isolated three barrels, a total of 75 cases, for this magnificent offering.
The mouth feel…well, think pure silk, with no resistance as the wine slides effortlessly through all the regions of your palate. The nose reaches out from the glass and almost hypnotically draws you in with smells of spring, white flowers, forest floor, and dark engaging fruits. It gives you cedar truffles, black licorice, tobacco, and animal.
It’s the same on the palate, but more refined: black raspberry, black cherry, huckleberry, and boysenberry. The whole cluster shines through with silky tannins, cedar box, cocoa, tangerine peel, and slate that’s akin to wines like Mazi Chambertin, a great vineyard deep in the heart of Côte-d’Or. The finish is pure joy, consisting of all the same, with so much complexity that each person’s palate will undoubtedly emphasize and live a different experience. This is a rock and roll wine! Should have been called Born to Run, but Bruce nailed that long ago!