Grapelive: Wine of the Week

continuum06.gif2006 Continuum Napa Valley (Tim Mondavi) Bordeaux Style Blend.
From top vineyard sites including To-Kalon and select Oakville and Stags’ Leap vineyards, the 2006 Continuum is magic and even better than the premier release last year. Tim Mondavi, former head winemaker at his dad’s Mondavi and Opus One, has crafted a beautiful and rich Cabernet blend that shows the best of what we love about Napa Valley, dark and fruit forward wine, but with class and refined elegance. This wine is ripe and has sweet tannins, making it a joy now, though I suspect it will grow in weight and gain texture and depth with some cellar age, and will last a few decades easy. This vintage shows wonderful layers of blackberry, cassis, currant, and cherry fruits with soft grip and hints of mineral, graphite, tobacco, cedar and wildflowers all wrapped up in creamy vanilla French oak. This wine is pure class and reminds me of a great Margaux or Mouton, though it is a bit thicker on the palate and smoother in texture with a sublime long finish. This wine feels lively and fresh with great vigor and lovely focus, making it very interesting now even in its youth. ($150-160 Est.) 96 Points, grapelive

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