2013 Tim Mondavi Continuum Proprietary Red Magnum
The 2013 Proprietary Red Continuum is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot. The wine has matured for about 20 months on 80% new French oak This is a flawless masterpiece in the cap because what a wonderful wine this will be after a few years of plating. The wine has a dense ruby red / purple color with beautiful notes of blueberries, black cherries, graphite and a hint of earth. The wine is full bodied with a wonderful integration of acids, tannins, oak and alcohol. The tannins are still clearly present but silky and well integrated. This is a masterpiece by Tim Mondavi and his teams is a wine that can gracefully grow old without problems.
Continuum Estate is located on the Pritchard hills in Vaca Mountains. About 60 miles northeast of San Francisco and about 8 miles southwest of St. Helena. From here you have a beautiful view of Oakland. On a good day you will see the Opus One Winery. And that is no coincidence, the Continuum Estate is a project of the Mondavi family (Tim Mondavi, his sister Marcia and Margrit Mondavi), who acquired two wine estates here in 2005. They merged them and had star architect Howard Becken build a new winery. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the well-known wineries Bryant, Chappellet and Colgin. The route was therefore clear from the start: Super-premium à la Napa Valley. And the conditions are excellent. There is the usual high-end winery, an excellent hillside location, but also the right terroir: volcanic and iron-rich soils.
The winery covers a total of 172 hectares, of which 41 hectares are currently planted with grapes, 60 hectares are planted. There are many olive trees and lush flora. Of course, the cabernet sauvignon (55%) is in the foreground here in Napa Valley, but other Bordeaux grape varieties are also grown, such as the cabernet franc (30%), merlot (4%) and petit verdot (11%). It's almost superfluous to mention that Continuum Estate didn't take much time to join California's high society and yet... that for six years now these blockbusters have received 96 points from Parker is very remarkable. If it says Mondavi, it also contains Mondavi! Robert Parker writes: "Tim Mondavi's new project continues to display exceptional promise. Kudos to Tim Mondavi for continuing the legacy of his family”
|Type of Wine
|Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
|Drinking as of
|Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard