2019 Tim Mondavi Continuum Novicium
Novicium - A wine so named because it is the ongoing study and exploration of Continuum's Sage Mountain Vineyard in Napa Valley. Continuum was founded in 2005 by Tim (Timothy) Mondavi, his father Robert Mondavi and his sister Marcia and their families. The vineyards are located on Pritchard Hill in the Vaca Mountains in Napa Valley.
The 2019 Continuum Novicium is Tim Mondavi's 2nd wine, but actually we don't do the wine the justice it deserves. The Novicum is mainly the wine that is more accessible than its big brother the Continuum, but also a different style. A bit fresher and more elegant if we have to summarize the difference in 2 words. The wine is approachable with a fresh and playful nose of red fruit and candied apple mixed with autumn leaves, laurel and some cedar. The Novicum is a lively and on the palate dark chocolate, black fruit, spices and tapenade. Both gentle and powerful, with the mineral core of Sage Mountain Vineyard and the clearly expressed structure and finish that the Continuum are so famous for. 96/100 Suckling.
The 2019 Novicium blend consists of:
76% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc
12% Petit Verdot
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, Petit Verdot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard