A remarkable effort, offering riveting, expressive aromas of mocha, currant, mineral, herb, black licorice, tar and pebble, this is intense, structured, balanced, nuanced and firm, finishing with a gutsy richness and sophistication. *Top 100 Wines of 2011* (JL)
Good full medium ruby. Aromas of dark berries, dark chocolate and graphite minerality, lifted by a whiff of orange peel; vibrant and cool but not green. Large-scaled and voluptuous yet light on its feet, with lovely floral perfume to the flavors of black cherry, minerals and sexy caramel oak. This very young and broad wine finishes with well-buffered ripe tannins, captivating sweetness and superb aromatic persistence. Seems every bit as strong as the 2007 bottling, and perhaps even more refined. (ST)
The 2008 Continuum is showing beautifully today. Dark, layered and expressive, the 2008 graces with dark plum, black cherry, spice, licorice and menthol. The intense aromatic and spice components are really singing right now. In its early life, the 2008 was closed and unexpressive, but over the last year it has really opened up beautifully. Orange peel and exotic higher toned notes ring out on the finish. With air, the 2008 is drinking beautifully today, but the firm tannins and intensity of the fruit both suggest it will age gracefully for years. (AG)
Sweet plums and raspberries. Forest floor character. Full body, with firm and silky tannins and a bright finish of dark fruits and citrus. Racy and refined. Dense and balanced. Closed still. Excellent potential from Tim Mondavi.
There is plenty about this effort that says to take notice, from deep, well-defined fruit to its solid structure, and its clear impressions of varietal complexity. It is close to plump on the palate to start, but it flavors are soon overtaken by lots of grippy tannins, and, while the wine has plenty of immediate appeal, it reminds at the finish that it is serious Cabernet, and that it needs time in the cellar.
The 2008 Proprietary Red is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot, and 71% of the fruit this year came from the Continuum estate on Pritchard Hill. It has a deep garnet-brick color and reveals an earthy, spice box, bouquet garni and fruitcake-scented nose with wafts of balsamic, prunes and iron ore. Full-bodied with a good core of dried berries and mineral sparks in the mouth, it has a firm, chewy texture and finishes a little rustic. (LPB)
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