Recently our Wine Scouts had the opportunity to visit Tim Mondavi’s new project Continuum. Here are two excerpts on their experience.
Tim Mondavi is pure vision when it comes to Continuum, his family-run estate on Pritchard Hill, and his purpose is clear; to make one wine, from one specific site and make it on a world-class level. His singular focus is a philosophy that was a voice ignored leading up to sale of the Robert Mondavi family of wines to Constellation. It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to sell your family name, especially one with the importance of his family’s to the California wine industry.
Standing in the middle of a vineyard, red volcanic dust coats my jeans up to my knees. When I look south I can see San Francisco. When I look north I have a beautiful view overlooking Colgin Vineyards and Lake Hennessy. It doesn’t take long to realize you are standing in God’s country.
’09 Continuum. Both wines show beautifully with lunch. The ’06 is just coming into its own. The tannins have softened and the black fruits are taking on an incredible velvety texture. It was a treat just to hold this wine in your mouth. The ’09 is definitely the big brother of the two. The cassis, cherry and blackberry fruits are bold and the tannins are powerful. There is no doubt it’ s destined to become another classic. Exactly as Tim has fashioned it to be!
Even better, we were treated to three hours of listening to Tim talk about his vision and family’s remarkable story. A vision, that in just a few short vintage, has made Continuum one of the most sought-after and magical wines in Napa Valley. Tim Mondavi is an incredible man, with a wealth of knowledge, experience and talent, and it shows in every bottle of his wine.
Senior Wine Scout