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2006 Continuum Oakville Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1045706 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Continuum is composed of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 16% Petit Verdot. Its opaque purple color is followed by a rich, sumptuous bouquet of blackberries, creme de cassis, incense, graphite, and a hint of burning embers. This powerful, full-bodied, rich wine possesses considerable precision as well as purity. Both vintages will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and both should age beautifully for 25-30+ years. (RP)  (12/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Shows rich dark chocolate, mocha and espresso, along with a wealth of ripe, currant-laced Cabernet fruit. Focused, tight, elegant and stylish, with a persistent finish that keeps unfolding to reveal hidden nuances. (JL)  (6/2009)

94 points James Suckling

 A juicy and very rich red with dried berries, spices and light plums. Full-bodied yet refined and delicious. A beautiful wine now. This is 100% To Kolan.  (5/2017)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Very ripe but vibrant nose combines cassis, licorice pastille, violet, graphite and dark chocolate. Densely packed, sexy and sweet, with terrific depth but also a distinctly suave character to the flavors of cassis, blackberry, spicecake and sexy oak. Finishes with firm, broad, sweet tannins and excellent length and verve. This shapely, structured, harmonious wine, the new venture of Tim Mondavi, is packed with fruit. (ST)  (5/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tim Mondavi and family strive to join the pantheon of cult wine with this, his second vintage of a Cab-based Bordeaux blend. It's quite good, a soft, complex wine of luxurious texture and deep, impressive flavors of splendidly ripe blackberries and cherries, anise, choclate and smoky cedar.  (9/2009)

K&L Notes

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.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.