The 2008 Continuum is a striking wine endowed with gorgeous aromatics, expressive fruit and flat-out great balance. Espresso, grilled herbs, licorice and violets add complexity to the super-ripe black fruit. Despite the wine’s textural richness and opulence, there is plenty of underlying structure. This is a totally captivating wine. I can’t wait to taste it in another 5 years. In 2008 Continuum is 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot, most of which is estate grown fruit from the winery’s vineyards on Pritchard Hill. Fermentation and maceration was quite long, and averaged 35 days. The wine was aged in 100% new oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028.
A remarkable effort, offering riveting, expressive aromas of mocha, currant, mineral, herb, black licorice, tar and pebble, this is intense, structured, balanced, nuanced and firm, finishing with a gutsy richness and sophistication. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2013 through 2023. 2,200 cases made.
“Artistic wine is an expression of man’s harmony with nature. For four generations our family has created a continuum of wine excellence, enhancing the celebration of life.”
– Tim Mondavi, Proprietor
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 including Marjorie’s Vineyard and To Kalon. The winery’s flagship wine is a Bordeaux-style red dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, and sells out mainly through allocation. Continuum also makes a second label, Novicium, which is Merlot-dominant and made from newer plots on the estate.
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