A Unique White Blend with Ripe, Tropical Fruit AromasWhen the Wagner family decided, in 1971, to produce their own wine from grapes they were growing in their 73-acre vineyard in Rutherford (instead of selling all of it to neighboring producers), Caymus Vineyards was born. Beginning with the inaugural 1972 vintage of their Cabernet Sauvignon, the Wagners gradually built their wine empire, adding carefully selected properties to their land holdings over time. In 1989, Chuck Wagner decided to go against the current of the time and created a blended white wine named Conundrum, inspired by his father Charlie Sr., who would experiment with blending wines in different glasses at the dinner table. Charlie Jr. Wagner has recently taken over this brand in the family's portfolio, which now includes a red, a white, a sparkling and a rosé. The Conundrum White Wine from Caymus is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat Canello and Viognier grapes, with the exact proportion depending on vintage.
The Conundrum White Wine 2015 from Caymus displays a very inviting straw-yellow color in the glass. On the nose, this white blend is quite expressive, offering ripe, tropical fruit aromas - dried apricots and pineapple - along with floral fragrances like honeysuckle. Asian pear flavors come forth powerfully on the palate, along with a fantastic natural acidity and supple texture. These wines are very versatile in style, pairing easily to a wide array of dishes, a true foodie wine.