2018 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley

$265.00
WA98-100

Continuum’s Sage Mountain Vineyard on Pritchard Hill is a triple-threat: magic, high-altitude terroir, almost 100 years of familial grape growing and winemaking knowledge, and an unwavering commitment to excellence, without compromise. Depth, richness and tightly engrained minerality come from rocky soils that yielded less than 3,000 cases for the world. From Wine Advocate: “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.” Limited Availability

Tim Mondavi is pure vision when it comes to Continuum, his family-run estate on Pritchard Hill, and his purpose is clear; to make one wine, from one specific site and make it on a world-class level. His singular focus is a philosophy that was a voice ignored leading up to the sale of the Robert Mondavi family of wines to Constellation. It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to sell your family name, (especially one with the importance of his family’s) to the California wine industry. Continuum is a new lease on life for Tim and his family and it’s obvious that they’re putting it all on the line. Even his daughter, Carissa, is able to rattle off every detail of the land from the water table to the soil types, different exposures, aspects of vigor and the highly detailed and proactive ways in which they intend to act as long-term stewards of their amazing property. Tim also has his winemaking approach dialed in like Ben Hogan’s golf swing. He has a very clear picture of the wine he wants to make and how to go about creating it. All of the elements are now in place: A mature vineyard at the top of Pritchard Hill, an estate winery on site where the wines are made from start to finish as of 2013 and an entire family dedicated to the pursuit of greatness. The future is bright for the Mondavi clan, and we're thrilled to be a part of it.

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:
2018
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Vineyard:
Sage Mountain Vineyard
Total Varietal Composition %:
54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot
SKU #:
1044931
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WA98-100

Wine Advocate

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.