Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2005 Continuum is a dense, beautifully harmonious, rich and aromatic wine with very expressive and generous flavors. It has a warm and enveloping entry, rich middle palate and long finish. Descriptors include rose petal, brown spice, sandalwood and cardamom, lingering with flavors of graphite and licorice on the finish. It shows a suppleness and generosity that makes it approachable now, with a firmness of supple tannins that promise a long and beautiful life.
"The 2005 Continuum (a 1,000-case blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) has changed very little from last year. The Cabernet Franc component is beginning to reveal more earthy, floral notes, but overall this remains a dense purple-colored 2005 with a big, sweet nose of black currants, subtle burning embers, and wood smoke. It is a full-bodied effort with terrific purity, and plenty of substance allied with elegance. Both vintages will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and both should age beautifully for 25-30+ years.
The Wine Advocate
"Complex and savory, graceful and elegant, this unfolds to reveal spicy herb, dried currant, mineral, anise, mint, sage and tarry notes, then firms up nicely on the finish, providing structure and traction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot."
"Tim Mondavi is back with this interesting Cabernet blend. It’s very much in the modern Napa style, soft, rich and sophisticated, with cherry, red currant, Asian spice and new oak flavors. It’s an elegant wine, but a fairly tannic one, with a dusty astringency that suggests mid-term aging. An auspicious, if expensive, new beginning."
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