2019 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley 1.5

$630.00
(Net Item - no discounts apply)

* Does not fit in a Gift Box

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:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Tim Mondavi
Vintage:
2019
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Vineyard:
Sage Mountain Vineyard
Total Varietal Composition %:
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot
Score Wine Advocate:
98
SKU #:
1049218
Size:
1.5 Liter Bottle
JS99

James Suckling

Blackberries, dark wet soil and blackcurrants. Graphite, too. So aromatic. Pure fruit. Full-bodied with superbly polished, fine tannins that draw you down through the center of palate. Extremely layered and the texture is so curated, giving wonderful persistence. Real plushness and fine, velvety texture. 50% cabernet sauvignon, 37% cabernet franc, 7% petit verdot and 6% merlot. Better after 2026.

WA98

Wine Advocate

Continuum's 2019 Proprietary Red is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot, all from the estate vineyard on Pritchard Hill. Aged in two-thirds new French oak, with the balance in second or third-use barrels and a single concrete amphora, it's remarkably dark in hue, a deep, saturated purple in the glass. On the nose, it's floral and herbal yet fruit-driven, with violets, sage and bay leaf adding nuance to black cherries, while the palate is full-bodied, plush and silky. There's an enticing yin-yang to the interplay between high-toned herbals and bass notes of dark chocolate in this dense, concentrated effort that finishes lush and long. It's a magnificent wine that should drink well for at least two decades.