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2008 Continuum - Proprietary Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 95 IWC
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SKU: 281531-2008-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (71% cabernet sauvignon, 17% cabernet franc, 7% petit verdot and 5% merlot): Good full medium ruby. Aromas of dark berries, dark chocolate and graphite minerality, lifted by a whiff of orange peel; vibrant and cool but not green. Large-scaled and voluptuous yet light on its feet, with lovely floral perfume to the flavors of black cherry, minerals and sexy caramel oak. This very young and broad wine finishes with well-buffered ripe tannins, captivating sweetness and superb aromatic persistence. Seems every bit as strong as the 2007 bottling, and perhaps even more refined.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    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, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2008 Continuum is a striking wine endowed with gorgeous aromatics, expressive fruit and flat-out great balance. Espresso, grilled herbs, licorice and violets add complexity to the super-ripe black fruit. Despite the wine's textural richness and opulence, there is plenty of underlying structure. This is a totally captivating wine. I can't wait to taste it in another 5 years. In 2008 Continuum is 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot, most of which is estate grown fruit from the winery's vineyards on Pritchard Hill. Fermentation and maceration was quite long, and averaged 35 days. The wine was aged in 100% new oak barrels.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: jchrisc
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Decanted over 4 hours. Wine was well-balanced and elegant with supple tannins. Hints of mushroom and earth.
    Author: Todd7
  • Self | Rating:

    Excellent
    Author: lakewine
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Plush mouthfeel, classic nose and flavor profile,nice fruit but not overwhelming. Very good.
    Author: Jeffrey M989

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 750 bottles owned
  • 139 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 139 collectors)