2006 Conundrum California White Table Wine $20
My conundrum is, I don’t know how many cases of this wine to get. One? Or two? It’s that good.
A little secret…this wine says bottled by Conundrum Wines but it was originally developed by Caymus Vineyards, one of California’s quintessential cult wine producers. Basically, these folks know wine and Conundrum is a testimony to that.
Caymus started producing Conundrum in 1989 and has since earned a very high standing among critics and wine lovers alike.
This wine is a unique proprietary blend combining several varietals to make a dramatically different white wine blend. It’s a conundrum in and of itself.
Three grape varietals were chosen as the key components used to make up this wine; Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Muscat Canelli for it’s very fragrant tropical characters. Semillon and Viognier are also added in smaller quantities to give this wine a little bit of a spice character. All blend percentages are kept on the down low and change slightly every year just to keep everyone guessing.
The winemaking processes are no less than impressive keeping with the wineries tradition of high quality. I mean what did you expect.
Each varietal is crushed and vinified separately, some of the wines are fermented in barrels and others in stainless steel. Aging of the wines also varies from tanks to seeing wood in French and American oak. The differences in technique develop the unique character of each wine before making the final blend. No empirical winemaking is practiced here and I LOVE that!
As a result, a wine that appeals to both white and red drinkers is produced. Now that’s another conundrum if you ask me.
What immediately jumps out when tasting this wine are the aromas of white peach, apricot nectar and honeysuckle in overwhelming proportions. This leads to layers of tropical melon, pear and hints of vanilla on the palate. The wine is highly structured with a noticeable finish making it similar to drinking a red wine, as strange as that sounds.
I can’t imagine a better wine to try on a nice warm day.
Obviously for a white wine it is not cheap. However, I feel with the complexity, flavor profile and high-standard winemaking practices it is a fair price.
This wine is available everywhere. I bought it at Costco but I see it in all the stores. So please give it a chance, I think you’ll like it.
So, does anyone have an interesting conundrum they drank last night? Anyone, anyone?