2019 Tim Mondavi Continuum Proprietary Red
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot|
|Content (Alc)||0.75 ltr (14.5%)|
|Drink window||2024 - 2051|
The 2019 Proprietary Red Continuum is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot all from the estate's vineyard on Pritchard Hill. Aged in two-thirds new French oak, with the balance in barrels for second or third use and a single concrete amphora.
In the glass, this killer is colored deep garnet purple. On the nose an incredible array of seductive aromas of violet, lavender, rosehip, cherry, currant, dark chocolate, cigar box plus hints of bay leaves and a sort of crushed wet slate. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with vibrant black fruit fueled by red fruit, spice and mineral notes. It is framed with firm, gritty, super ripe tannins and ends with fantastic fragrance and freshness. This is (once again) a masterpiece by Tim Mondavi and his team and is a wine that can age gracefully without any problem. If you want to drink it in the short term, we recommend that you decant it, so that the wine can show its true character. You can keep this wine for at least another 30+ years.
98/100 Parker & 99/100 Suckling - No. 6 in the Top of James Suckling's Best Wines
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. If it's 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 wineries here in 2005. They put them together and had a new winery built by star architect Howard Becken. It is in the immediate vicinity of the famous 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 currently 41 hectares are planted with grapes, 60 hectares are planted. There are many olive trees and lush flora. Of course here in Napa Valley the cabernet sauvignon (55%) is in the foreground, but other burgundy grape varieties are also grown, such as the cabernet franc (30%), merlot (4%) and petit verdot (11%). Needless to say, Continuum Estate didn't take much time to join California's high society and yet ... that these blockbusters had already received 96 points from Parker for six years is very remarkable. If it says Mondavi then 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||Red|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Drinking as of||2024|
|James Suckling rating||99|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|
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