2007 Continuum Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1056325 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Proprietary Red comes mostly from the To Kalon vineyard, with 13% of the fruit from Pritchard Hill. Blended of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Petit Verdot, it has a deep garnet color and bursts out of the glass with pure cassis, vibrant blueberry preserves and blackberry pie scents with a profound underlying fragrance of candied violets, cinnamon stick, cloves and underbrush plus notions of beef drippings and pencil shavings. Full-bodied and voluptuously fruited with firm, ripe, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, it has wonderfully pure layers, finishing very long. It has incredible delineation and should be very long lived. Drink through 2040. (LPB)  (2/2019)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Feels fancy and important in the mouth, with pure, refined tannins housing ripe, complex flavors of blackberries, black currants, cherries, chocolate, exotic spices and sweet, smoky oak. The finish is dry but with a tinge of sweetness, like an infused blackberry liqueur, which probably is the result of high (15.3%) alcohol. Very rich and layered, and a great addition to the Napa cult pantheon. Cabernet, with Cab Franc and Petit Verdot.  (7/2010)

97 points Wine Spectator

 Sleek and polished, this is a wonderful expression of Cabernet, with a mix of rich, layered black cherry, currant, wild berry and plum fruit that's intense, concentrated, focused and stylish, turning spicy, with cedary anise and sage notes on the long, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (JL)  (6/2010)

95 points Vinous

 Full, bright ruby. Blackberry, blueberry, violet, licorice and wild herbs on the dark, high-pitched nose; the wine's Cabernet Franc component contributes perfume and lift. Pure silk on entry, then tight and youthful in the middle palate, with strong, nicely integrated acidity shaping and intensifying the flavors of blackberry, blueberry, crushed rock, violet and bitter chocolate. Delivers an uncanny balance of sweetness, acidity, minerality and floral lift and finishes with compelling perfume and resounding length. This wonderfully subtle wine should evolve positively in bottle for another 15 to 20 years and has some fireworks ahead of it. With 24 hours in the recorked bottle, it became a bit more liqueur-like but its thickness was perfected framed and supported by firm acidity. (ST) 95+  (5/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Not technically a "Cabernet Sauvignon" in the US, Tim Mondavi's fledgling wine is a mix of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Petit Verdot. A step up in character from the 2006, it's rich and powerful (15.3% alcohol), with lavish oak and chewy tannins. Yet it remains keenly balanced and rewarding, with cassis, earth, graphite and bittersweet chocolate notes framed by bracing acidity. 18/20 points. (LM)  (12/2010)

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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