Conundrum "White" California 2003
Caymus Vineyards began their Conundrum line with the first vintage in 1989. Winemaker, John Bolta set out to produce a food-friendly, blended white wine that could match the complex flavors being offered by innovative chefs. What resulted is a delightful blend of five different grape varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat canelli, Semillon and Viognier. Conundrum eventually became a seperate brand of Caynus Vineyards. In the glass, this wine has a bright, clear, pale yellow hue. On the nose, I was reminded or a floral, citric bouquet that I thought was very alluring. As inviting as the aroma was, I was not prepared for the many layers of flavor this wine has on the palate. It is one of the most complex wines I have ever tasted. The front end had a distinct floral quality that reminded me of what jasmine might taste like. Mid-palate was much softer and had a flavor of melon and pears. Conundrum has a long, satisfying finish that is very crisp and clean with elements much like that of lemon zest. If I were looking for adjectives to describe this wine, I might choose tropical and spicy. The alcohol content is 13.5% .
What is that wonderfully robust, floral and bright tropical taste? Is it green apple, tangerine or honeysuckle? Could it possibly be apricot, melon, pear or light vanilla? That’s the Conundrum. Our proprietarily blend of California white grapes create a lush, creamy texture that leads to the mouth-watering question, “Mmmm, what’s in there?” We’re not telling. Can you guess?
The ultimate refreshing wine. Can be served with just about anything. Beautiful blend of wines.
You want to like it a lot less than you will end up doing. Consider the foods it's intended to be paired with---and that explains the Muscat canelli. Conundrum succeeds on many more levels than you'd think possible. We convert so many people to this on Cape Cod in the summers. It will please a crowd and spare you the tedium of offering half a dozen different white wine selections with casual fare.
Looking at the previous ratings of this wine, there is not much else to say, I feel that you might be able to find a wine you like more or as much for the same price or around it, so happy hunting but I hae always enjoyed this and past vintages.
A wonderful blend at a bargain price!
My first time drinking this was at Connor's Steak and Seafood in Huntsville,AL. A plane buddy of mine suggested it and bought a bottle. My, it was so crisp and smooth. Lately I've been drinking only blended; chardonnays have this buttery flavors that I’m not too fond of. This wine won me over.
My favorite white! Pairs well with all food types, and who doesn't love a screw top?! Very refreshing and fruity.
This wine has a bit of sweetness to it, which made it less food-friendly. Not too bad, but not too special, either.