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64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot - Oakville, Napa Valley, California
A testament in resiliency, 2017 Continuum bears the hallmarks of the elevation and terroir at Sage Mountain Vineyard, showcasing exquisite vibrancy, many layers of flavor, ferrous minerality and fragrant wild herb notes. The vintage shows freshness, hinting at rose petal on the nose and a brambleberry fruit profile on the palate. Cacao, black cherry and red plum give a plush, silky mid palate tying in seamlessly with fine tannins of crushed stone and subtle undertones of tapenade. The layered, bright and persistent finish indicates a long life ahead.
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 de´lestage two to three times in total during the most active period. The wine remained on skins in tank for 20 to 40 days. All lots were then drained, basket pressed, and transferred with lees into two third’s new and one third once used French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. A single concrete amphora was also used for aging. Each vineyard lot was tasted and carefully considered many times when assembling the 2017 blend. The wine clarified slowly and settled naturally in our cold barrel room, was racked sparingly and bottled without fining or filtration. The 2017 Continuum spent a total of 20 months in barrel.