Continuum Estate

In 1906 Cesare Mondavi immigrated to the United States from Italy in pursuit of the American Dream. He moved his family in 1922 from Hibbing Minnesota to the California wine country. From their humble beginnings in the grape shipping business, the Mondavi family has thrived and branched out in several directions. Today the combined presence of family members has established the Mondavi name as one of the foremost in the world of fine wine.

The Project: Continuum is yet another page in the Mondavi family legacy, a '5th beginning'. Founded in 2005, it is a partnership of members of the Robert Mondavi family. It is a rededication and refinement of the family's longstanding commitment to excellence in winemaking. Continuum's goal is to produce a single wine that is recognized among the finest in the world

The Partners: The partners in Continuum represent three generations. At the helm is Tim Mondavi who led the winegrowing team at Robert Mondavi Winery for 30 years. He is joined in guiding the vision and direction by his sister Marcia. His father Robert was also an integral part in helping Tim create the Continuum project, along with Robert's wife Margrit. Their combined passion and creativity are the primary inspiration for this important new beginning. Carissa Mondavi is the first of the third generation to join the winery.

The Production: Continuum Partners launched Continuum with the 2005 vintage. In this initial vintage, the family produced a single wine, a unique blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This promising wine continues the family's proud tradition of producing balanced wines of power, finesse, elegance and complexity. The first release yielded 1500 cases.

The Pedigree: The Continuum partnership is more than just the ongoing legacy of the Mondavi family. It is a renewed commitment to the innovation, excellence, and artistic expression in grape growing and winemaking. The grapes for both the 2005 and 2006 vintages come from vineyards in the Oakville appellation, cultivated by the Mondavi family for decades. The 2007 vintage also includes fruit from Pritchard Hill, where the new Mondavid Estate Vineyard is located, and the future of Continuum will reside. The wines are raised with time honored and respectful techniques, acquired over four generations and 85 years of experience. The grapes are hand harvested into small lug-boxes, hand-sorted and fed by gravity into small Oak Tanks for fermentation. The wines are aged in 100% new French Oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Continuum 'Meritage' Proprietary Red 2015
98  Vinous Media 
James Suckling 100 # 43 Top 100  "This is sensational with blackberries, blueberries and mineral. Extremely floral, too. Full-bodied but so seamless and refined with polished tannins that just melts into the wine. Goes on for minutes. A subtle and glorious wine that will be a new classic for Napa
Item Number: 30156

Continuum 'Meritage' Proprietary Red 2014
99  James Suckling 
James Suckling 99 Top 100 2017 # 8 "Fabulous aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, sage and mint. Lead pencil and graphite, too. Full body and ultra-fine tannins that are slowly transformed to ripe and beautiful fruit. Super polished and textured. Great finish. Drink in 2022, but it's hard not to

Continuum 'Meritage' Proprietary Red 2013
97  Vinous Media 
James Sucking 99 "Impressive purity of fruit and definition with blackcurrant, oyster shell, blueberries and slate. Graphite, too. Very complex yet subtle. Full-bodied, very chewy and powerful yet polished and gorgeous. Muscular, well-formed tannins. Electric style. Drink in 2020. Publish Date:

Continuum 'Meritage' Proprietary Red 2012
96  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 96 "Ripe, silky tannins wrap around the palate in the 2012 Continuum. Bright red cherry, plum, spice, menthol and hard candy meld together effortlessly in the glass. The 2012 captures the polished, refined side of the vintage. This is perhaps the most refined wine I have ever tasted

Continuum 'Meritage' Proprietary Red 2011
95  Antonio Galloni 
Antonio Galloni 95+ "The 2011 Continuum is a dark, brooding beauty. The heavy presence of Petit Verdot, 11% in this vintage, is clearly felt in the wine's somber, intense personality. The 2011 is going to require significant patience. It boasts superb density and pedigree, but it was also bottled

Continuum 'Meritage' Proprietary Red 2010
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 97  "This has been an impressive, serious wine since the debut vintage, and Tim Mondavi's estate high on Pritchard Hill has fashioned a 2010 blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot. Gorgeously ripe, intricate and nuanced, with aromas of

Continuum Meritage 2009
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "The 2009 Continuum comes across as much more understated next to the 2008. It has plenty of silkiness and finesse, but less of the size and shape of its older sibling. Dark cherries, espresso, exotic spices and licorice are woven together in a fabric of notable elegance and

Continuum Meritage 2008
96  Wine Spectator 
 Wine Spectator 96 WSTOP 100 2011 Rank 80 "A remarkable effort, offering riveting, expressive aromas of mocha, currant, mineral, herb, black licorice, tar and pebble, this is intense, structured, balanced, nuanced and firm, finishing with a gutsy richness and sophistication. Cabernet Sauvignon,