Continuum, 2014

  Tim Mondavi

Continuum

Dark structured and spicy, with savoury elements and fine notes of freshly roasted coffee beans on the nose. On the palate this is wonderfully textured, with a sleek minerality and lovely cool, dark, small berry fruit notes alongside complex notes of pine, graphite and rosemary. A wonderfully toned and layered offering from the elevated slopes of Pritchard Hill, with plenty of power but also focus, exceptionally well integrated tannins and a fine seam of refreshing minerality on the finish.

Contains Sulphites.

About Tim Mondavi

Tim Mondavi's Continuum project represents the culmination of over 80 years of Mondavi winemaking knowhow both in the Napa Valley and further afield. The project began in 2005 followimg the sale of Opus One, an event that left the family 'heartbroken', but also rather wealthy. A new project was required, and Continuum was born. In the early days fruit was purchased from the ex-Mondavi owned To Kalon vineyard. Since 2012 the estate wine has been produced exclusively from their own 62 acres of prime vine real estate on Pritchard Hill, where the well-drained, volcanic, iron rich soils produce wines of structure, precision and longevity. Situated just above the fog line, this is clearly a great place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon as lovers of Chappellet will attest to. Other notable neighbours include Colgin, Ovid and Bryant family.

Winemaking is fastidious, technologically advanced, but also respectful of a great terroir. The blend in 2014 mirrors the vineyard plantings, with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot. The resulting wine comes across as dark fruited, complex, structured and spicy, texturally sleek but powerful, with good acidity and plenty of tannic, mineral backbone to steer it through decades of ageing.

Appellation: Napa Valley

Arguably Americas most important wine growing region, home to the likes of Dominus, Heitz, Cain Cellars and Opus One. Bordeaux varietals are key in this 40 mile long North-South valley that stretches from the San Fransico Bay up towards Calistoga and the sheer variety of different climats and vineyard sites is as bewildering as the sheer variety of styles of wine produced. At their best these can be some of the most opulent examples of Cabernet Sauvignon in the world - truly great wines with dinstinctly long cellaring potentials, but more youthful approachability than their european counterparts.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

This trio of Bordeaux red wine grapes is also used to great effect in California.