Robert Mondavi was a pioneer unlike any other in the American wine industry and arguably its most renowned name. He founded Robert Mondavi winery in 1966 with his two sons Michael and Tim as well as America’s first cult brand, Opus One. Michael, the eldest, was tasked with selling the wine at Mondavi with Tim as the winemaker. For decades, this dynamic trio put California wine on the map. Eventually, Robert Mondavi’s namesake winery was sold in 2004 for over $1 billion to alcohol conglomerate, Constellation Brands. When that happened, both Michael and Tim left– eager to start a new chapter.
Michael Mondavi chose to commit himself full-time to his own namesake winery, while Tim’s plans were a bit more grandiose. Along with his sister, Marcia, he founded Continuum on Pritchard Hill in Oakville and purchased 41 acres for his vineyard dubbed ‘Sage Mountain Vineyard’. There they focus on just two premier labels, Novicium (Latin for young) from the newer vines that focus on ready to drink red blends, and Continuum the older sibling which accounts for some of the most complex, age-worthy wines you can find in Napa Valley.
The 2016 Continuum Proprietary Red is the product of absolutely perfect weather conditions for the Mondavi’s in their Pritchard Hill mountain vineyard. A deeply concentrated gem of a wine worthy of its 100 points from wine critic James Suckling and 99 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
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100 pts, James Suckling
Super aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and blueberries. Hints of fresh herbs and tobacco. Iron and ink. Full-bodied, very tight and powerful, yet not too heavy. Lightly chewy and polished. So much nerve and intensity. Super length and depth. Drink after 2025, but a joy to taste now.
99 Points, The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Proprietary Red is blended of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it emits an incredible array of seductive floral notes—violets, lavender and rose hip tea—with a core of warm cassis, redcurrant jelly, dark chocolate, cigar box, tapenade and crushed rocks plus hints of bay leaves, beef drippings and yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with vivacious black fruit sparked by red fruit, herbal and mineral accents. It is framed with a rock-solid line of firm, grainy, super ripe tannins and finishes with fantastic fragrance and freshness. Wow!
I’m lucky to have gotten my hands on two cases of this iconic 100-point masterpiece. Two bottles will be kept in the Harary cellar. The other 22 bottles, we’re lucky enough to offer to you.