The conundrum-or puzzle-of this wine's exact composition was meant to be elusive. With all the grapes coming into the winery in optimal condition in 2002, the flavors were especially easy to integrate. The Chardonnay and classic Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon combination in the blend work together beyond their individual characteristics to produce rounded, tart/sweet flavors and a dense mouthfeel. Similarly, the wine's distinctive spicy-floral aroma combines aspects of the Viognier and Muscat Canelli that are essential contributors. While carrying on Conundrum's signature taste profile, this vintage seems marked by heightened notes of pears, honeysuckle and vanilla in its aromas, an especially lush, creamy texture, and a lemony finish that balances the wine's core flavors of tropical fruits, peach/apricot and green melon.
We suggest serving this wine lightly chilled.
The top 3 most liked reviews for this wine.
A Customer - Tennessee
I love this wine!!!! When my husband and I first met, I drank wine out of the box. He was working at liquor store and would bring home wines for me to taste. He brought home a bottle of Conundrum and I feel in love with this wine. I tell all my friends about it. Even though it is a table wine, it doesn't taste like one. And it doesn't matter if you only drink reds you will enjoy this wine as well. Enjoy!!!!
A Customer - Santa Cruz, CA
A favorite at our house each year. Just a touch of sweetness, lots of bright, fresh fruit (orange, apricot, pineapple). Versatile with spicy dishes, rich and tasty.
A Customer - Chicago
Not brilliant like their 2001 vintage, but still pretty good! There's a bit more oak, and both slightly sharper and sweeter aspects to this year's model. But there aren't better alternatives in (inexpensive) blended whites; for example, the "table" wines by Coppola or Bonny Doon are not as complex. For someone accustomed to those, or to one of the Chardonnay/SauvignonBlanc/Semillon blends, the Conundrum has quite a bit more sweetness upfront. Compared to the 2001, it seemed as though the 2002 blend had been adjusted for an unfavorable batch of Chardonnay Though it sounds condescending, this is a great wine to start a newcomer tasting -- a bundle of all kinds of smells, then flavors, then aftertastes. Sure, a conoisseur might take issue with the unsubtle flavors, or a cheapskate might argue that it's twice as expensive as the two mentioned above. But that shouldn't stop anyone from trying a bottle -- you might become a convert, like I did on the 2001.
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