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Professional Ratings: 95 The Wine Advocate, 93 Wine Spectator, 92 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 121830
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.
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.