Continuum 2018

$275.00

750ml

98-100 pts. Wine Advocate

Out of stock

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Description

54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, and 6% Merlot. Founded in 2005 by Robert Mondavi and two of his children, Tim and Marcia, Continuum is a winery located in the unofficial appellation of Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley. Although it was not until 2012 that the winery was entirely sourcing their fruit from the estate, they have always taken pride in obtaining grapes from some of the best vineyards in the valley. Pritchard Hill should be noted here because of how great, but under-the-radar it is. While not an officially recognized sub-appellation of Napa, this area has long produced excellent wine. In fact, vines have been planted in the vicinity of Pritchard Hill since the late 1880s. Two of Napa’s typically 7 recognized cult wineries are here: Bryant Family and Colgin as well as other nearby superb estates. This neighborhood is obviously in high demand. As one local vintner said to us, “these vineyards are Oakville with altitude!” This is their Proprietary Red blend and it is an absolute stunner! Vinification of Continuum takes place in a combination of conical-shaped oak vats, Sonoma Cast Stone, and Nomblot egg-shaped tanks with 10% of the wine being vinified in barrel. The wine is then aged in 85% new, French oak barrels for up to 20 months before bottling. Ripe, rich, and delicious this is world-class Napa red.

Tasting Notes
"Composed of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple 2018 Proprietary Red has a fantastically fragrant nose of candied violets, red roses, Morello cherries and blackcurrant pastilles with hints of wild blueberries, red currant jelly, iron ore and forest floor, plus a waft of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely packed with tightly wound black and red berry layers, framed by firm, ripe, finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredibly persistent and evocative floral and mineral layers. An absolute head-turner, this 2018 is all that and then some. Tim Mondavi mentioned that this is due to be bottled in just a few weeks—mid-August—meaning this barrel sample I tasted is pretty close to being a finished wine. With the estate vineyard turning 10 year's old in 2018, here's where we see how incredibly special this singular Pritchard Hill site really is." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Vintage

2018

Producer

Continuum

Country

United States

Area

California

Region

North Coast

Appellation

Napa County

Vineyard Designation

Oakville

Varietal

Bordeaux Blend

Style

Red