2014 California White Wine Blend
Conundrum was born 25 years ago, and today it still stands for doing
things your own way and daring to explore. Its inspiration came from
Charlie Wagner, Sr. – co-founder of Caymus Vineyards and father to
winery owner Chuck Wagner – who would sit at the dining room table and
mix wines to create the “perfect glass” to pair with his meal. At the time,
blending wines was considered almost unthinkable, and even Charlie Sr.
had no idea that his bold experiment would help usher in a whole new trend.
Today, Conundrum is as original as ever. We continue to source our fruit
from some of the most sought-after California winegrowing regions to
ensure both quality and diversity: Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and
Tulare Counties. While the exact blend remains under wraps, with every
vintage we include Chardonnay for its weight and complexity, Sauvignon
Blanc and Semillon for crisp acidity, Muscat Canelli for floral qualities
and Viognier for lush texture. Taken together, they add up to a wine that’s
amazingly versatile, pairing well with everything from salmon to spicy
food, or enjoyed on its own as an aperitif.
Winemakers, Jon Bolta and Charlie Wagner, preserve the individual
characteristics of each varietal by taking great care to keep separate
lots of fruit throughout the entire winemaking process. Some lots are
aged in chilled stainless steel tanks to maintain fresh, crisp aromas and
fruit flavors, and some in a combination of aged and new French oak
barrels for up to ten months. The intriguing result: a wine with multiple
layers, subtle and complex, born of an adventurous spirit while inviting
more adventures to come.
A beautiful light hue, this wine opens with the evocative scents of apricot,
pear and honeysuckle, as well as bright notes of orange and lemon
meringue pie. The entry on the palate has a subtle sweetness immediately
balanced by a natural acidity and pop of freshness. Flavors of peach,
apple and citrus are layered with with a touch of oak that comes from our
use of barrel fermentation for a portion of the wine. The finish is long,
with distinctive hints of each varietal creating a final, lingering impression.
Released: January 2016
Jon Bolta, Winemaker