The 2011 Continuum is a dark, brooding beauty. The heavy presence of Petit Verdot, 11% in this vintage, is clearly felt in the wine's somber, intense personality. The 2011 is going to require significant patience. It boasts superb density and pedigree, but it was also bottled just a few months ago, and is a bit unsettled at this stage. The 2011 was made from virtually all estate fruit, with a splash of Petit Verdot from Mount Veeder. 95+ (AG)
This classic Napa Valley blend—the majority Cabernet Sauvignon, supported by 12% Petit Verdot (quite noticeable in the wine), 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot—is made from grapes grown on volcanic soils. Needing a decant or many years in cellar, it is savory and dusty in coffee and Mediterranean spice, the fruit predominantly blackberry and plum and the tannins supple but not yet smooth. *Cellar Selection* (VB)
Another strong effort by Tim Mondavi from this relatively new project on Pritchard Hill, the 2011 Continuum’s final blend was 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot. Harvested late, between October 17 and November 3, it spent 19 months in 85% new French oak. The wine’s impressive deep ruby/plum/purple color is followed by notes of blackcurrants, black cherries and spring flowers. Like most 2011s, it has evolved early, but it is a medium to full-bodied beauty that represents one of the most successful wines of the vintage. Drink it now and over the next 12-16 years. (RP)
(75% cabernet sauvignon 12% petit verdot, 11% cabernet franc and 2% merlot): Full ruby-red. Sexy, slightly liqueur-like aromas of currant, plum syrup, licorice, menthol and iron. Spicy and energetic but with a soft, creamy middle giving the wine considerable early appeal. Not a hugely fleshy or structured cabernet but offers lovely restrained sweetness and inner-mouth aromatic character. Finishes with building, slightly tough mountain tannins that call for four or five years of patience. (ST)
This rich, harmonious, supple-textured wine shows the potential of 2011, with dense dark berry, dried herb, mocha, cedar and tobacco leaf notes. Ends up dry and tannic, with a push of ripe fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. (JL)
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