#80 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
The 2008 Continuum is wonderfully balanced and deeply sensual wine; we believe it
is the finest wine we have ever made. The majority of the fruit, more than 70%, is from our Pritchard Hill estate vineyards and these higher elevation sites with their red rocky soils grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot with real nerve, vitality and concentration. In general, the 2008 lots, especially those from Pritchard Hill had a wild, mineral power and texture which is readily apparent in the finished wine. The 2008 has great density and life; a powerful core of ripe fruit perfectly balanced by polished, supple tannins leading to a long, nuanced finish. Aromas of black plum, mulberry, and coffee spice lead to black cherry, bitter chocolate, tobacco and graphite flavors. A wine of exquisite power and elegance,
its inherent harmony and balance make it delicious now, while assuring tremendous ageabilty.
For the fullest sensory experience we encourage decanting, allowing Continuum to breathe
before serving. Decanting awakens the wine's more purely fragrant expression and enhances the
suppleness on the palate.
71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot