91 Insider Points
If This was a Cobbler, I'd be Eating It
Now, I'm very particular about my white wines. There are certain styles in particular that stick out for me. When it comes to sweeter wines, they need to well crafted and balanced to even consider. That's what you'll find in the Conundrum white. If you're a purveyor of fragrant, off-dry wines, this is right up your alley.
Fragrant and floral nose. Honeysuckle, jasmine, lemon rind, white peach and golden graham on a medium-full body. Off-dry for the sweeter lover in your life. Ready to drink. 91 Points - JZ Aug '18
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat Canelli, and Viognier
We could tell you the exact makeup of the 2015 Conundrum, but then we’d have to kill you. Nah, we wouldn’t do that. In fact, we couldn’t even tell you the precise breakdown of the wine as only oenologist CAYMUS' icon founder, Charlie Wagner and a couple of his winemaking team know the secret recipe. We are allowed to share that this new vintage of Conundrum—as with every vintage before it—includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Muscat Canelli and Viognier.
As in vintages past, this Conundrum is chock a block with ripe, tropical notes of mango and papaya, brought into focus by zingy natural acidity and a crisp, bright finish. Serve this baby directly from the ice bucket—with or without food.
Along with the countless accolades Caymus and the Wagners’ other labels (from Meiomi to Bell Glos to Mer Soleil) receive, the Conundrum has garnered its own incredible loyal following. No great mystery why, as this charmer is indubitably easy to love.
· Chuck Wagner established Caymus with his parents, Charlie and Lorna Wagner, more than 45 years ago.
· The family’s history in the wine business goes back considerable longer, however, as records show Chuck Wagner’s ancestors grew wine grapes in the Napa Valley in the 1850s.
· These days, the director of winemaking at Conundrum (and at the Wagner’s Mer Soleil winery) is Wagner’s son Charlie. Spending spring and summer vacations working the vineyards and in the cellar paved the way for an early career in the family business.
· Everything but the kitchen sink blends are ubiquitous these days, as a growing list of wineries jump on the “more is more” bandwagon. When Caymus first concocted their inaugural Conundrum white more than 25 years ago, however, big California blends were unheard of.
Descriptions like 'Wildly aromatic... an intense, delicious wine barely able to contain itself." San Francisco Chronicle, and "There is no wine in all of California comparable to Conundrum." Food & Wine and "Voluptuous, layered, remarkably complex, full-bodied, rich, spicy and with dazzling persistence of flavor." Whitley On Wine and "Rich and lush, full bodied yet silky on the palate." Wine Enthusiast Magazine, have become the norm for Conundrum, a blend of five white grapes (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier and Muscat) that defies convention while stimulating both the palate and the imagination. From the owners of Caymus Vineyards and winemaker Jon Bolta, who created Conundrum as a non traditional white wine blend designed to pair with the creative dishes being offered by the new generation of chefs. Blending wines was almost unthinkable when Conundrum White was born more than 25 years ago. Since then, this wine has attracted a loyal following and remains as inventive as ever. While the exact blend is under wraps, every vintage includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat Canelli, and Viognier. Conundrum White is amazingly versatile, with intriguing tropical notes and natural acidity.
From the Winery:
The Wagners come from a long line of grape growers and winemakers, with a history in Napa Valley dating back to the 1850s. Through the years, they have embraced a hands-on work ethic and are constantly looking for ways to keep improving the quality of their wines.
Whether it’s venturing to different regions to find diverse sources of top-quality grapes or experimenting with new farming techniques, the result is a pairing of tradition with innovation, a respect for the old with the promise of the new.
It’s been over 45 years since Chuck Wagner, along with his parents, Charlie and Lorna Wagner, founded Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, Napa Valley. Chuck Wagner continues to make two world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignons under the Caymus label from Napa Valley.
Pair this with lighter meals containing fish or chicken. This will also pair well with any fresh salad with a citrus dressing.