With the 2014 vintage, Continuum celebrated its 10th anniversary. With the 2015 vintage, this modern icon ventured into a new decade. A particularly vinous and tactile release, the 2018 is fragrant and rich, with complex character that beautifully expresses Continuum’s estate Sage Mountain vineyard. This mature 38 acre site sits on Pritchard Hill, in the eastern hills above Oakville. The west and south-facing slopes are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot.
The 2018 growing season was a winemaker’s dream – cool weather patterns followed much needed rain, but plenty of sunshine allowed the fruit to ripen beautifully. 2018 Continuum expresses purity and precision, with high tone aromatics of red and blue fruit, deep plum and rose oil. This vintage shows an approachable nerve of the land in the refined mineral quality and earthy, savoury profile. A shimmering, silky and harmoniously integrated wine with densely packed fine grain tannins.
“Composed of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple 2018 Proprietary Red has a fantastically fragrant nose of candied violets, red roses, Morello cherries and blackcurrant pastilles with hints of wild blueberries, red currant jelly, iron ore and forest floor, plus a waft of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely packed with tightly wound black and red berry layers, framed by firm, ripe, finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredibly persistent and evocative floral and mineral layers. An absolute head-turner, this 2018 is all that and then some. Tim Mondavi mentioned that this is due to be bottled in just a few weeks—mid-August—meaning this barrel sample I tasted is pretty close to being a finished wine. With the estate vineyard turning 10 year’s old in 2018, here’s where we see how incredibly special this singular Pritchard Hill site really is.”
(98-100) points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Aug 2020
“In a word, this new Continuum is sublime! An exuberant bouquet of flashy dark fruit and sage aromas lead to ethereal notes of blackberries, raspberries, cassis, baking spices, espresso bean and graphite. Savory herbs, truffles, pipe tobacco and subtle hints of toffee compliment the captivating finish. Once again, Tim Mondavi and his supremely talented team has crafted a monumentally delicious Cabernet blend that we deem a masterpiece in the making. Decant if enjoying prior to 2023 for a 98+ point experience and savor ever sip on the journey towards 100 points through 2030.While every ‘name brand’ winemaker worldwide strives to achieve balance in their flagship wines, nobody achieves this ‘holy grail’ as consistently as Mondavi. We say this with great enthusiasm after judging every vintage of Continuum since its inception.”
100 points, California Wine Advisors, Jan 2021