Continuum Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2008
The grapes were selectively hand-harvested into small lug-boxes, sorted before and after de-stemming, then gravity fed into small French oak barrels, French oak tanks or cement tanks for fermentation. From pre to post soaking, including fermentation, the wine had a total maceration time of up to 35 days. During this time, pump overs and below the cap lees stirring were enacted daily. In addition, rack and return was performed 3-4 times in each fermentation tank prior to pressing. After completing fermentation the barrels and oak and cement tank lots were drained, with pomace pressed separately, to 100% new small French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The lees were kept with the new wine in barrel for an extended period of stirring, to enrich the body, nourish the wine and polish the tannins. The wine was clarified slowly and naturally through the use of traditional settling and racking techniques and bottled without fining or filtration. Blending of the 2008 took place over a period of months as each vineyard and lot of wine was tasted and carefully considered. In the end, 25% of the potential lots were declassified as they did not meet Continuum’s quality standard. In total, the 2008 Continuum spent 20 months in barrel.
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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.
Aged 20 months in French Oak.
Notes: 100% New French Oak Barrels. 70% of grapes from the Pritchard Hill Estate and remainder from Oakville and a vineyard in Stags Leap District planted by Tim Mondavi in 1973.
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