I had my second tasting of Tim Mondavi’s new wine Continuum last week and once again it impressed me for its elegance, finesse and complexity.
Mondavi stopped by my office in Napa to taste the wine with me and talk about his new venture, and you can see him in my video clip. Tim is starting to pour the wine for people in the media and industry, and because of his name and reputation, it should be a much-anticipated release. The wine is slated for a spring 2008 release, at $125 a bottle. Some 1,200 cases were bottled.
Next Monday, Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame will prepare a special dinner at Robert Mondavi’s home for a dozen people to accompany the 2005 Continuum. Robert, Tim’s father, is part of the new company, along with his wife, Margrit, and Tim’s sister, Marcia Borger, along with several of his children.
Continuum is a blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot from the 2005 vintage, sourced from several vineyards in the heart of Napa Valley. As I taste more Cabernets from 2005, the personality of the vintage is taking form. The ‘05s I’ve had are not as rich and complex as the ‘04s, but are more refined, with lower alcohols, softer tannins and a hint of herb in the core currant, plum and spice anise notes.
Roy Piper — Napa, CA. — October 23, 2007 7:19pm ET
Frank Ostini — Buellton, CA — October 24, 2007 1:53am ET
Kevin Lovullo — Buffalo, New York USA — August 12, 2009 2:07pm ET
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