September 29, 2009

Tasting Note Tuesday - White after Labor Day?

Just because you're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day doesn't mean you can't drink white after Labor Day! I hope so, because this really is an excellent wine... and let's face it... who wants summer to end? It's still warm out, and we can still enjoy the last few days of summer. There is a unique story behind Conundrum White Wine.

Conundrum was first produced by Caymus Vineyards in 1989. It started as an experiment... if wineries blend red wines, why not white? So Caymus set out and started exploring 11 different white wine varietals and settled on the following -- Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Sémillon and Viognier. Each year, the exact percentages of each grape change, depending on the quality of grapes at harvest. In 2001, Conundrum spun off and started it's own brand. While it is still owned by the owners of Caymus Vineyards, it is indeed it's own brand.

2007 Conundrum Wines White Table Wine - USA, California
Straw-yellow in color. I love the nose on this wine... every vintage. Just wonderful tropical scents. Peach, Mango, Pineapple, honeysuckle, melon and hints of flowers. More of the same on the palate with the peach and mango really taking center stage. On the end, the wine picks up a sour, almost grassy note that takes away from the overall experience. Still, this is pretty enjoyable.

My Take: Very Good


kronickwino said...

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Natalie from Kronick Wino

WinoBee said...

Hey Natalie - thanks so much for the crosslink and glad you enjoy reading the blog. You can also read additional articles on

I need more details about Hopkins Vineyard! Where in CT are you guys located? I might need to plan a visit!