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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
(search item no. 109019)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $329.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#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

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About Continuum:

Continuum is a celebration of the Mondavi family's proud history in Napa Valley; a single wine from a single estate committed to standing in the company of the great wines of the world. Located high atop Pritchard Hill on the eastern side of the Napa Valley, Continuum is a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Tim Mondavi believes that wine is an artistic expression of man's harmony with nature and as such, production practices at Continuum honor and support the vineyards through balancing the essence of classic techniques with modern day innovations. Continuum's goat is to craft balanced wine of power, finesse and elegance - wines that re expressions of the land, the people and the vintage.