2019 Continuum Proprietary Red, Oakville, USA

2019 Continuum Proprietary Red, Oakville, USA

New release

Continuum, owned by Tim Mondavi, is an impressive vineyard at the top of Pritchard Hill. The 2019 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot and is aged in two-thirds new French oak, with the balance in second or third-use barrels and a single concrete amphora. There's a distinct sage note that is a hallmark of Continuum, with lifted violet notes and rich black cherries. The texture is plush and silky but there's a stoniness that brings freshness at the finish.

Critic score
98/100 info
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£293.08
Case, 6 Bottles
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£1,758.48

Wine details

  • Region & country
    USA
  • Grape
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon
    37% Cabernet Franc
    7% Petit Verdot
    6% Merlot
  • Maturity
    Young 2024 - 2048info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    15%

Tasting notes

Continuum's 2019 Proprietary Red is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot, all from the estate vineyard on Pritchard Hill. Aged in two-thirds new French oak, with the balance in second or third-use barrels and a single concrete amphora, it's remarkably dark in hue, a deep, saturated purple in the glass. On the nose, it's floral and herbal yet fruit-driven, with violets, sage and bay leaf adding nuance to black cherries, while the palate is full-bodied, plush and silky. There's an enticing yin-yang to the interplay between high-toned herbals and bass notes of dark chocolate in this dense, concentrated effort that finishes lush and long. It's a magnificent wine that should drink well for at least two decades.

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (May 2022)
98/100

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