CONTINUUM 'PROPIETARY RED' OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 2018

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CONTINUUM 'PROPIETARY RED' OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 2018

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VARIETALS:

54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot

VINTAGE NOTES-

The 2018 growing season was a winemaker’s dream given the overall cooler weather

patterns paired with ample sunshine. The spring brought timely, abundant rainfall nourishing the earth and setting

the stage for a healthy crop. Moderately cool temperatures post veraison allowed the fruit an extended hang time,

retaining vibrancy and evolving character complexity. Berry size was smaller than average though berry count was

up given the bountiful rain. Crop size was generous for the estate at 2.4 tons per acre - still quite small by any

measure. Harvest began 135 days from bloom on September 27th, and continued at an unforced and purposeful

pace thanks to record cool weather in August and September. Harvest concluded on October 22nd.

 

WINEGROWING

Continuum is estate-grown on our Sage Mountain Vineyard. It’s location, high on

Pritchard Hill along the eastern ridge above Oakville, overlooks Napa Valley and the San Francisco Bay. The

rocky, volcanic soils of the site focus the vine’s energy keeping yields low and producing fruit of depth and

complexity. The 2018 Continuum has an average vine age of 20 years reflecting 38 acres of mature estate vineyard,

planted in 1991 and 1996, with additional plantings in 2004 and 2010. In total, the vineyard is comprised of 38

distinct vineyard blocks. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot are grown from 1300 to

1600 feet in elevation, on western and southern facing aspects with slight northern and eastern slopes in places.

This diversity of plantings on our volcanic soils are the essence of the complexity of Continuum.

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PRODUCTION-

Continuum is 100% estate grown, produced and bottled. All fruit is selectively hand-harvested

at night. The fruit is then sorted before and after de-stemming, and gravity fed into French oak or concrete tanks.

A three-day cold soak is followed by fermentation, receiving three to four pumpovers daily, and délestage two to

three times in total during the most active period. The wine remains on skins in tank for 20 to 40 days. All lots are

then drained, basket pressed, and transferred with lees for malolactic fermentation and aging. In 2018, Continuum

spent 22 months in barrel. 63 percent of French oak barrels were new and 35 percent were once used. A single

concrete amphora was also used for aging. The wine clarified slowly and settled naturally in our cold barrel room,

was racked sparingly and bottled without fining or filtration. Each vineyard lot was tasted and carefully considered

many times to assemble the 2018 blend.

 

TASTING NOTES-

2018 Continuum shows energy and verve. The wine expresses purity and precision, with

high tone aromatics of red and blue fruit, deep plum and rose oil. This vintage shows an approachable nerve of the

land in the refined mineral quality on the palate. The surrounding native vegetation of bay and sage is evidenced in

an earthy, savory profile. This is a shimmering, silky and harmoniously integrated wine with densely packed fine

grain tannins. 2018 Continuum is a wine for the ages, delicious today with a long life ahead.

DECANTING- For the fullest sensory experience we encourage decanting to allow the wine to breathe before

serving. Decanting awakens the wine’s more purely fragrant expression and enhances the suppleness of the palate.

Continuum is accessible and enjoyable upon release; however extended aging will be richly rewarded.

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