Spring has indeed been a busy time here at Continuum Estate. Not only has Ryan and his crew been busy planting our new vineyard, our Sales and Marketing team has been on the road telling our Continuum story. Carissa, Carlo, Dante, Stu, Burke, Tim and I have traveled across the US showing our exciting 2007 vintage. The response to our family’s commitment to ‘one wine from one estate’ has been heartwarming and most gratifying.
In celebration of the release of our 2007 Continuum we hosted our 2nd ‘Pick-up Party’ for our Continuum members on May 1st. It was a wonderful afternoon of sipping the 2007 Continuum and tasting five special food pairings created by Chef Sarah Scott. As a sneak preview we also showed a barrel sample of our 08 vintage; a most exciting infant in which 70% of the wine is from Pritchard Hill fruit. Eric Symons added a perfect tone to our sunny afternoon by serenading us with his classical guitar. It was great to see so many of our members back again after last year’s very soggy, but fun party, and to meet many new faces. Our Continuum family is growing!
Spring also brings the release of our Estate olive oil, a whole 37 cases. Not only do we have exceptional vineyards high atop Pritchard Hill, we also have well established olive groves. This presented a wonderful challenge for us, to begin learning as much as we can about olives and olive oil. Last year we picked all five classic varieties we have planted here at the estate, and created a field blend for our house oil. Quite a lovely olive oil, but it also encouraged us to truly focus on the types of trees we have and the character differences of each variety. This year we kept all of the varieties separated during pressing and were able to taste each of them selecting only the finest for ‘our’ blend, rather than a ‘field blend’. It is wonderful to have this opportunity to offer our members Continuum Estate olive oil and further display the bounty of Pritchard Hill.
Our plans for our future winery are well on their way. Howard Backen and his crew of John Taft and Silvia Nobili have been spending hours with Tim, Greg, and Kurt making certain that we have not only a beautiful winery but also a ‘winemaker’s winery’. From grape receiving to final bottling we want this to be a state of the art winery that supports the development of this one exceptional wine and realizes the best of our experiences in winegrowing.
The gravity flow winery itself will speak elegantly of our land, sitting on a knoll on the eastern edge of our vineyards. The four corners of the building will be rammed earth, literally springing from the beautiful red soil of Continuum Estate, with caves below for barrel aging. In the spirit of bringing the indoors out and the outdoors in the walls will be primarily glass, highlighting the beauty of our oak fermentation tanks; the heart of Continuum’s winemaking. The views from within the cellar will be quite stunning as well. They will enable us to see our distant history in St. Helena, our more recent past in To Kalon and our future as we overlook our Continuum Vineyards. Hospitality will be outside the cellar and will also focus on our vineyards. Future plans for a vibrant culinary program include a small kitchen with opportunities to entertain both indoors and out.
We can hardly wait for construction to begin, but we do have a bit of a wait as the permitting process can take a very long time. I assure you we’ll have a party to celebrate when the building begins in earnest. However in the interim, we would love to host you here at the estate and have you follow the workings of Continuum through our website where you can keep up to date on our progress.
Marcia Mondavi Borger