Bright, deep ruby. Very tight nose hints at black licorice, bitter
chocolate, menthol and flowers. Wonderfully dense and rich in the
mouth, but with a medicinal reserve keeping the wine's fruit under wraps
today. A graphite edge and firm tannins from the petit verdot are
currently hardening the wine. This still needs more elevage and will
likely require a minimum of several years of aging upon release. Hard to
assess today but long on potential.
R. Parker's Wine Advocate 94 pts
The 2009 Continuum comes across as much more understated next to the
2008. It has plenty of silkiness and finesse, but less of the size and
shape of its older sibling. Dark cherries, espresso, exotic spices and
licorice are woven together in a fabric of notable elegance and harmony.
The 2009 Continuum is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7%
Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, 82% of which came from estate-grown fruit.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. I was super-impressed with the two
wines I tasted from Continuum Estate, Tim Mondavi's new venture on
Pritchard Hill, not far from Chappellet and Bryant. 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.