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2011 Continuum - Proprietary Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 92 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 16 JR
  • 94 JS
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SKU: 281531-2011
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (75% cabernet sauvignon 12% petit verdot, 11% cabernet franc and 2% merlot): Full ruby-red. Sexy, slightly liqueur-like aromas of currant, plum syrup, licorice, menthol and iron. Spicy and energetic but with a soft, creamy middle giving the wine considerable early appeal. Not a hugely fleshy or structured cabernet but offers lovely restrained sweetness and inner-mouth aromatic character. Finishes with building, slightly tough mountain tannins that call for four or five years of patience.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Another strong effort by Tim Mondavi from this relatively new project on Pritchard Hill, the 2011 Continuum's final blend was 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot. Harvested late, between October 17 and November 3, it spent 19 months in 85% new French oak. The wine's impressive deep ruby/plum/purple color is followed by notes of blackcurrants, black cherries and spring flowers. Like most 2011s, it has evolved early, but it is a medium to full-bodied beauty that represents one of the most successful wines of the vintage. Drink it now and over the next 12-16 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 94

    I love the perfume and fresh flower aromas with hints of currants and minerals. Full to medium body, fine tannins and savory finish. Such balance and beauty. Such a reserved and pretty wine. Drink or hold.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    One of the wines of the vintage, the 2011 Continuum is just as beautiful as it has always been. Crystalline, pure and wonderfully nuanced in the glass, the 2011 offers gorgeous aromatics, finely-sculpted fruit and fabulous overall balance. Sweet rose petal, dark-fleshed stone fruits, mint, spices and leather are some of the signatures. With several years in the bottle the 2011 is becoming more and more exotic, with a captivating interplay of aromatics, fruit and a classically inspired sense of structure. Once again, the 2011 Continuum shows just how strong the vintage can be in the right places.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    This rich, harmonious, supple-textured wine shows the potential of 2011, with dense dark berry, dried herb, mocha, cedar and tobacco leaf notes. Ends up dry and tannic, with a push of ripe fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Tim Mondavi's own project. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot. Deep crimson. Clean and reasonably appetising attack on the nose. Very sweet, polished start. Finishes just a little sweet but it's certainly a fair representation of Napa Cab. Just a tad heavy on the palate. Slightly inky.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2016-2018
    Author: Aylward Justin
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: BoxsterVino

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

  • 387 bottles owned
  • 80 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 80 collectors)