• Producer: Continuum Estate
  • Winemaker: Carrie Findleton
  • Region (AVA): Pritchard Hill (Napa Valley)
  • Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot
  • Vintage production: 3,800 cases
  • Winery location: Sage Mountain (Pritchard Hill)
  • Owners: Tim Mondavi and Marcia Mondavi-Borger
  • First vintage: 2004
  • Drinking window: 2017-2032+

 

About The Wine:

 

The 2014 growing season continued the dry weather pattern at Continuum Estate, a drought cycle
initiated in 2013. With no rain to speak of in Fall 2013, the Spring of 2014 gave a wet February, a moderately moist March and then nothing until well after harvest. As a result, bud break was extraordinarily early as was bloom, fruit set, veraison and harvest, which began in early September and was finished by the beginning of October. Yet the early start to the season gave the vines plenty of time to ripen the Cabernet family fruit and the Estate was blessed with excellent quality. In 2014 Continuum Estate continued night harvest operations for the majority of the season. While this requires more labour and equipment it also ensures all fruit is delivered to the winery at cooler temperatures thereby promoting a cleaner fermentation. The specially designed estate winery, completed in 2013, performed wonderfully in its sophomore year, guaranteeing excellent quality. Overall, 2014 was a fabulous year; balanced, rich, concentrated and beautifully structured.

 

100% of the 2014 Continuum was grown on Pritchard Hill in the western hills above Oakville. The 38 acres of mature estate vineyard, with an average age of 23 years, has a variety of western and south facing aspects with plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot.


All 2014 estate fruit was hand harvested between September 5th and October 3rd.

 

Continuum is 100% Estate grown, produced and bottled. All fruit was selectively hand-harvested into small lug-boxes, sorted before and after de-stemming, then gravity fed into French oak tanks or cement tanks for fermentation. After fermentation, all lots were drained, with pomace pressed separately, to 68% new small French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging.  The wine was clarified slowly and naturally through the use of traditional settling and racking techniques and bottled without fining or filtration. Each vineyard lot was tasted and carefully considered when assembling the 2014. In the end, 20% of potential lots were declassified, as they did not meet Continuum’s standard of quality. The 2014 spent a total of 21 months in barrel.

 

Continuum Estate Proprietary Red 2014

£159.00Price
  • "Fabulous aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, sage and mint. Lead pencil and graphite, too. Full body and ultra-fine tannins that are slowly transformed to ripe and beautiful fruit. Super polished and textured. Great finish. Drink in 2022, but it's hard not to drink now. This harkens back to the great Mondavi reserves of the 1970s in texture and construction."

    99 points, James Suckling (Jan. 2017)

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