Continuum Estate

2016 Red Wine
Napa Valley

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 88
Vintage

2016

Continuum Estate

Red Wine
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • 100% estate grown, produced and bottled using mountainside fruit from old vines (average age: 24 years)
  • 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot
  • Unfined, unfiltered and aged for 22 months in 65% new French oak barrels
  • A deep and resonant wine imbued with the savory notes of our vineyard’s native herbs and vegetation

This Premiere Napa Valley offering features the oldest blocks of Continuum Estate, the shining stars of our Sage Mountain Vineyard. For four generations the Mondavi family has grown and produced wines among the world’s finest. Today, Tim and Marcia Mondavi, along with their families and team, maintain this continuum of excellence, innovation and tradition at their estate high atop Pritchard Hill. Continuum Estate is situated high on the side of the eastern ridge of Napa Valley with south-easterly and westerly exposures. The well-drained volcanic soils, an ideal mix of fractured red rock and clay loam, stress the vines into naturally lower yields, bearing fruit of pure concentrated essence. The resulting wine is a reflection of this beautiful estate, expressing both power and elegance. We are committed to having Continuum stand among the great wines of the world.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tim Mondavi

Winemaker, Continuum Estate

Winemaker, Tim Mondavi

Tim has been active in the California wine industry for decades and a leader in developing, defining and promoting the AVA system in Napa Valley. Having an appreciation of local history as well as an understanding of the great wine appellations of the world, Tim helped guide the formation of the Napa Valley appellation, with a vision of embracing the further recognition of sub-appellations within it. A firm believer that great wine is a reflection of its origin, Tim is convinced that clear and logical definitions of appellations within the Napa Valley are critical to long-term education and understanding of this great region and its diverse and distinct wines.

Tim pioneered the concept of "natural winegrowing," developing significant environmental programs in the vineyards that go beyond organic. Many of his innovations in the winery promoted gentle handling and natural elevation of the winemaking process. The great research conducted and the many wine makers who Tim mentored through the years is how the winery came to be affectionately known as the "Mondavi University."

From 1974 until 2004, Tim Mondavi was winemaker and director of winemaking for his father's eponymous winery in Oakville, Robert Mondavi Winery. In addition he oversaw and improved production with associated wineries in other parts of the state: Byron in Santa Barbara, Arrowood in Sonoma and Woodbridge in Lodi.

His firsthand experience in the art of winegrowing extend to Italy, Chile, France and Australia, where Tim established and guided winemaking teams in the creation of world-class wines. In Napa Valley, he planned and developed the wine, vineyards and winery for Opus One. Overseas, he initiated and developed the joint ventures Luce in Italy and Sena in Chile. Tim also initiated and developed improvements in the vineyards and winery for Tenuta dell' Ornellaia.

Country born: United States

Education: Bachelor's degree U.C. Davis Viticulture and Enology

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Honors / Awards:
Tim is a former member of the board of directors for the Carneros Quality Alliance and the Napa Valley Vintners. He was also a founding member of the Oakville Winegrowers Organization and the Stags Leap District Winegrowers. He is a member of the Campaign Cabinet of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation, and former Chairman of the Foundation Board.

Winemaking Philosophy:
Tim has always felt that a strong emphasis on viticultural research programs, new developments in rootstocks, clones, and vine density is key to making great wine. The personality of great wine is a manifestation of the soil, climate and the people involved.

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9850 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills  CA  90210
310-860-6666

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Continuum Estate 2016 Red Wine Napa Valley 22
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