Continuum Proprietary Red 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine Sage Mountain Vineyard may very well be the single greatest vintage made here thus far. It is quite simply a stunning wine and a towering achievement from the Mondavi family. Powerful, ample and sweeping in stature, the 2016 boasts breathtaking intensity in all of its dimensions. I see the pure, vibrant fruit of the 2013, but with more finessed tannins that add to the wine's feeling of real sensuality. Bright, precise and finely sculpted with remarkable persistence and perfectly integrated tannins, the 2016 is positively stellar - not to mention one of the wines of the vintage.
The 2016 Proprietary Red is blended of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it emits an incredible array of seductive floral notes-violets, lavender and rose hip tea-with a core of warm cassis, redcurrant jelly, dark chocolate, cigar box, tapenade and crushed rocks plus hints of bay leaves, beef drippings and yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with vivacious black fruit sparked by red fruit, herbal and mineral accents. It is framed with a rock-solid line of firm, grainy, super ripe tannins and finishes with fantastic fragrance and freshness. Wow!
This is a very young, concentrated and tannin-laced wine with great potential for aging, from Tim and Marcia Mondavi's Pritchard Hill winery estate. An almost black color is the first impression, then an aroma of blueberries, blackberries and black currants leads to very ripe black-fruit flavors and oak spices that are thoroughly held in check by the tight texture. Best from 2028-2038.
Dark and winey, delivering well-steeped currant and blackberry fruit infused with dark earth, tobacco, and graphite notes. The fruit wins out in the end, but the background keeps this grounded. Really solid. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2030. 4,000 cases made.