Conundrum Rutherford California White 2012
The Original California White Wine Blend 2012
There is no other white wine quite like it. For over twenty years we have been perfecting the fine art of blending a ‘conundrum’ of varietals together, to create a remarkably complex, yet harmonious symphony of flavors that will complement an array of different cuisines. Conundrum is very near and dear to winery owner Chuck Wagner’s heart because it was inspired by his father, Charlie, who would sit at the dining room table blending all sorts of wines together to create the ‘perfect glass’ to pair with his meal. We source fruit from some of the most sought‐after California winegrowing regions to ensure both quality and diversity: Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. The exact blend we use is proprietary, but we consistently include Chardonnay for its weight and complexity, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for crisp acidity, Muscat Canelli for floral qualities and Viognier for unctuousness. Our winemaker Jon Bolta takes great care in keeping each parcel of fruit separate throughout the entire winemaking process - often multiple lots of each varietal - preserving the individual characteristics of each parcel. Some lots are aged in cool stainless steel tanks, to maintain fresh, crisp aromas and fruit flavors, and some in a combination of seasoned and new French oak barrels for up to ten months. The end result is a multi‐layered, yet well‐balanced wine, with subtlety and complexity.
Enticing aromas of green apple, bright tropical fruit and a hint of honeysuckle blossoms. The taste is best described as exotic; with layers of peach, apricot nectar, green melon and pear, overlaid with subtle notes of citrus zest and spicy vanilla. A rich, round mouth‐feel supported by fresh acidity, brings the complexity of this wine into balance. Conundrum White is wonderful as an aperitif, or pair with an array of flavorful dishes and cuisines. Best served chilled with family and friends.
Winemaker: Jon Bolta
Released: September 2013
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By Wine Spectator
CONUNDRUM White California 2012
Region: Other California
Issue: Jul 31, 2014
Offers the aroma of a citrus orchard in bloom. Tastes sweet without being cloying, showing fig, apricot, exotic spice and melon flavors. Ends clean and pure. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat Canelli. Drink now. 111,700 cases made. -JL