2008 Continuum Oakville Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Continuum is a striking wine endowed with gorgeous aromatics, expressive fruit and flat-out great balance. Espresso, grilled herbs, licorice and violets add complexity to the super-ripe black fruit. Despite the wine’s textural richness and opulence, there is plenty of underlying structure. This is a totally captivating wine. I can’t wait to taste it in another 5 years. In 2008 Continuum is 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot, most of which is estate grown fruit from the winery’s vineyards on Pritchard Hill. Fermentation and maceration was quite long, and averaged 35 days. The wine was aged in 100% new oak barrels. (AG)
*Top 100 Wines of 2011* A remarkable effort, offering riveting, expressive aromas of mocha, currant, mineral, herb, black licorice, tar and pebble, this is intense, structured, balanced, nuanced and firm, finishing with a gutsy richness and sophistication. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2013 through 2023.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full medium ruby. Aromas of dark berries, dark chocolate and graphite minerality, lifted by a whiff of orange peel; vibrant and cool but not green. Large-scaled and voluptuous yet light on its feet, with lovely floral perfume to the flavors of black cherry, minerals and sexy caramel oak. This very young and broad wine finishes with well-buffered ripe tannins, captivating sweetness and superb aromatic persistence. Seems every bit as strong as the 2007 bottling, and perhaps even more refined. (ST)
The 2008 Continuum is showing beautifully today. Dark, layered and expressive, the 2008 graces with dark plum, black cherry, spice, licorice and menthol. The intense aromatic and spice components are really singing right now. In its early life, the 2008 was closed and unexpressive, but over the last year it has really opened up beautifully. Orange peel and exotic higher toned notes ring out on the finish. With air, the 2008 is drinking beautifully today, but the firm tannins and intensity of the fruit both suggest it will age gracefully for years. (AG)
Sweet plums and raspberries. Forest floor character. Full body, with firm and silky tannins and a bright finish of dark fruits and citrus. Racy and refined. Dense and balanced. Closed still. Excellent potential from Tim Mondavi.
A Bordeaux blend, based on Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s very rich and ripe, a wine that will appeal to fans of the modern California style for its voluptuous berry, cherry, cassis, spice and cedar flavors. The tannins are soft and gentle. Delicious and complex, if not quite up to the 2007. Give it a good, long decant.
Continuum is the next-generation of Mondavis (Tim and Marcia) doing what California wine's first family does best: innovating and making excellent wine. Continuum is a Left Bank style Bordeaux blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon from the winery's higher elevation Pritchard Hill estate in Oakville. Red plum and boysenberry fruit on the nose and palate; espresso bean, cocoa nib and pencil lead flavors add lift and complexity. The wine has a nice, balancing acidity and ripe, full tannins.