Continuum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

$265

100 Points - limited                                           Continuum is the new tiny production Cabernet from the Mondavi Family. Extremely limited. 99 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2016 Proprietary Red is blended of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it emits an incredible array of seductive floral notes—violets, lavender and rose hip tea—with a core of warm cassis, redcurrant jelly, dark chocolate, cigar box, tapenade and crushed rocks plus hints of bay leaves, beef drippings and yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with vivacious black fruit sparked by red fruit, herbal and mineral accents. It is framed with a rock-solid line of firm, grainy, super ripe tannins and finishes with fantastic fragrance and freshness. Wow!" 99 Points James Suckling:  "This shows fantastic focus and beauty with blackberries, mineral, lead pencil, graphite and stones. Full body, juicy fruit and silky tannins. Long and flavorful. Great potential." Robert Parker:  "..I was super-impressed with the wines I tasted from Continuum Estate, Tim Mondavi’s new venture on Pritchard Hill, not far from Chappellet and Bryant Family.  Mondavi is gradually moving towards 100% estate fruit, but these early vintages include some fruit from vineyards in Oakville and Stags Leap. Continuum is distinguished by a fairly large presence of Cabernet Franc. This is one of the most exciting new properties in Napa Valley." Brix26 Inside Scoop:  After the sale of the Robert Mondavi winery, winemaker Tim Mondavi chose to focus on one wine and one varietal: Continuum is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Sourced from Continuum's Estate vineyard on Napa Valley's Pritchard Hill, one of the priciest Cabernet regions in all of California with neighbors like Colgin, Bryant Family and Chappellet.  It's a beautiful site and judging from the Continuum 2013 Cabernet will be among Napa's most coveted collector wines. 

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Ratings on Delectable

Roy Goble Delectable Pro

So good

So good

9.5

Cathy Corison Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

Pretty aromatics. Blueberry Lively Ripe but still some red and blue. Dustyfeel. Hints of coffee grounds. Astringent Pritchard Hill tannins.

Pretty aromatics. Blueberry Lively Ripe but still some red and blue. Dustyfeel. Hints of coffee grounds. Astringent Pritchard Hill tannins.

9.3

Ryan Mullins Delectable Pro

Best continuum yet

Best continuum yet

9.6

Shay A Delectable Pro

Day 2 of Napa in the books! We were told that we were the first non-employees to taste the ‘16 Continuum. Only decanted an hour or so prior to arrival. Very young. Highlights Pritchard Hill/Sage Canyon wonderfully. The depth here is what is special...heavy/baked black cherry, surrounded by mineral & herbal notes. Ripe and sweet red, blue and black fruits present. Massive in structure to go on for years. Loved this.

Day 2 of Napa in the books! We were told that we were the first non-employees to taste the ‘16 Continuum. Only decanted an hour or so prior to arrival. Very young. Highlights Pritchard Hill/Sage Canyon wonderfully. The depth here is what is special...heavy/baked black cherry, surrounded by mineral & herbal notes. Ripe and sweet red, blue and black fruits present. Massive in structure to go on for years. Loved this.

9.6

Eric S

Another standout in a sea of killer wine.

Another standout in a sea of killer wine.

9.7

leon egozi

Mia wine event continued. Too young but always great

Mia wine event continued. Too young but always great

9.3

Scott Soren

It’s a baby. Yet, powerful and brooding. Blue and black fruits, with a little graphite. Incredible mouthfeel and longer finish. #thx i JT for the taste

It’s a baby. Yet, powerful and brooding. Blue and black fruits, with a little graphite. Incredible mouthfeel and longer finish. #thx i JT for the taste

9.6

Makoto Someya

Good aroma, enough volume. Napa taste. Elegant. A bit good herb flavor. Black currant, black cherry, licorice. Late on smooth. 2014 @, Vinsemble, 191231

Good aroma, enough volume. Napa taste. Elegant. A bit good herb flavor. Black currant, black cherry, licorice. Late on smooth. 2014 @, Vinsemble, 191231

9.0

Evan Shumway Delectable Pro

Needs time, but I thought this was spectacular during my visit last month.

Needs time, but I thought this was spectacular during my visit last month.

9.2

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