Continuum 2016 Oakville Red Wine, Napa Valley
Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine
The Mondavi Family has been producing wine not only in Napa Valley but around the world for four generations now. High on Prichard Hill Tim Mondavi started the Continuum tradition that his children have continued to this day, the excellence instilled by Robert Mondavi's passion for growing and making world class wine. In 2012, the first vintage of Continuum was produced from all estate fruit. 2016 produced low yields on the estate with some extended hang-time on the vine. The blend varies from vintage to vintage but 2016 produced a wine with 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot. The Continuum grapes come from a wonderful hillside vineyard on the east side of the valley. The soils of this vineyard are volcanic and iron rich which gives the wine a great structure and focus. This wine is simply elegant; aromas of citrus blossom and rose petal. The palate is powerful and continues to build its presence on the palate with cassis and dark fruits, bergamot, dried wild hers and notes of a cigar smoking lounge that is filled with large leather chairs.