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46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot
The 2016 growing season began with optimism. A well timed, light and steady 18 inches of rain fell prior to budbreak, easing the pain of a four-year drought. Slightly drier than normal soils led to budbreak beginning ten days ahead of estate average. The cold spell that adversely affected fruit set during flowering in the previous vintage also affected 2016 bud fruitfulness. The vines carried fewer clusters than usual resulting in 1.9 tons per acre. Harvest began September 19th and averaged 131 days from bloom. The overall growing season was slightly cooler than normal with only three days reaching above 95 degrees during the harvest window. These mild conditions delivered fruit of exceptional quality while allowing harvest to conclude with ease on October 7th just prior to the first autumn rainstorm.
The dark, rich core of the 2015 Continuum has aromas of cacao, black currant, cardamom and savory wild herb. On the palate it is layered and supple, revealing black cherry and roast espresso notes intertwined with mountain minerals and a hint of tangy orange spice. The wine is lush with ripe chocolaty tannins that lead to a long, expressive finish. 2015, though small in volume, is amighty vintage for Continuum; one to savor today or age and appreciate for decades to come.
Blend: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot.
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A special cuvée they named for their grandfather, Robert, Carlo and Dante Mondavi’s 2016 Pinot has a beautiful magenta color, with intensely expressive aromas of cranberry, rose petals, and sweet wild strawberries. 80% whole cluster, with only 10% new French oak, this one has more in common with a top-class Oregon or Gevrey-Chambertin wine than many of its counterparts on the Sonoma Coast. Give this one a 5-15 year stretch to really see its mysteries emerge into the light.
Our Home Field Vineyard is our pretty lady. Pure elegance. Situated on a remote hillside, planted under two miles from the cool Pacific Ocean and perched at 1,400 feet, Home Field offers a delicate message from its beautiful raw expanse. This wine opens with sweet wild raspberry, orange pith, and rose petals that combine to fill the bowl with sweet resin, coastal moss, green tea, wet rock, and candied orange. The finish is persistent and fades to notes of raspberry and dried herbs as this coastal site lingers on your palate.
Not really a second label as much as a different expression of Pinot Noir, Occidental is Steven Kistler's homage to the far west Sonoma Coast. This fog laden vineyard produces exceedingly aromatic, elegant and concentrated wines. Like all of Steven's wines they are pure focused and transparent expressions of their sites.