From the winery -
2016 Continuum has heightened citrus blossom and rose petal aromatics, and builds in power and presence on the palate with cassis, dark fruits, bergamot, and dried wild herb with notes of cigar box and leather. Exquisitely balanced, 2016 is expansive and sinewy on the mid palate with a graphite and earthy minerality.The firm iron core of these volcanic soils causes the vines to struggle, producing fewer but more flavorful berries.That is expressed in 2016 Continuum’s vibrancy, many layers and assertivestructure, all of which pay homage to its origin.
Continuum is 100% estate grown, produced and bottled. All fruit was selectively hand-harvested at night. The fruit was then sorted before and after de-stemming, and gravity fed into French oak or concrete tanks. A three-day cold soak was followed by fermentation, receiving three to four pumpovers daily, and délestage two to three times in total during the most active period. From harvest to drain and press the wine remained on skins in tank20 to 40 days. All lots were then drained, basket pressed, and transferred with lees into two third’s new and one third once usedFrench oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. A single concrete amphora was also usedfor aging. Each vineyard lot was tasted and carefully considered many times when assembling the 2016 blend. The wine clarified slowly and settled naturally in our cold barrel room, was racked sparingly and bottled without fining or filtration. The 2016 Continuum spent a total of 21 months in barrel.
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot
99 Points - Robert Parker
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!
97 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous
I tasted the 2016 Continuum from two hypothetical blends, both of which point to a vintage of significant potential. The first blend reveals a wine of considerable aromatic intensity and power, while the second shows the more nuanced side of the estate. Both are compelling