Wine Review: 2014 Conundrum White Blend

Basic Information:

Name – Conundrum White Blend 2014

Region – California

Sub Region – Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Tulare

Varietal – Chardonnay, Muscat Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier

Pricing – $23.00

Alcohol Content – 13.5%


Bottle – Clear with a yellowish tint. Greens and pastel like colors highlighted by gold on the label.

Wine – Pale straw with a minimal green rim variation. Visibly has a texture to it similar to some of the California Chardonnays I have had.


There is an immediate oak like aroma, mixed with a tropical and honeydew melon. Definitely smells sweeter.


Creamy, soft texture on the palate. Strong acidity.


This wine brings on full French oak flavor mixed with a vanilla and sweet honey. It follows that up with a slight tropical, apple and melon note. The longer you let it sit the more the tropical and melon notes come to fruition.


This wine finishes with a floral and minerality making it incredibly refreshing.

Overall Experience:

This Conundrum White Blend was a great blend of many different wines, but the predominant one here I thought was the Chardonnay based off the strong oak like notes. This surely was a complex wine and well balanced. I would recommend this wine for someone looking for a transition from sweeter wines to dry.

Suggested Pairings:

Food – Spicy Food, Shellfish, Pork, Poultry

Cigars – Tatuaje Monster Series The Krueger or Romeo y Julieta 1875

Wine Publication Ratings:

Wine Spectator 90 pts

Winemakers Tasting Notes:

Fresh fajitas. Relaxing before dinner. A night out for Thai or Vietnamese. Conundrum White goes with them all. Sourced from California’s premier winegrowing regions, this wine is both exotic and bright, a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat Canelli and Viognier. It lures you in with scents of apricot, pear and honeysuckle, and if you’re paying attention, orange and lemon meringue pie. Initial sweetness is balanced by natural acidity, and we love the hint of oak that plays with flavors of peach, apple and citrus. The long finish will leave you longing for another glass.

About Conundrum:

It all began at the dinner table. Charlie Wagner Sr., who co-founded Caymus Vineyards in 1972 with his wife, Lorna, and son, Chuck, would mix wines to find the perfect glass to pair with his meal. No one blended wines back then, so his experiment was pretty radical.

Fast forward to 1989, when Conundrum White was born, quickly taking off with its mysterious, tropical notes and amazing versatility. Conundrum Red, serious yet approachable, was introduced in 2011. Today, it’s Charlie’s grandson, Charlie Wagner II, who keeps Conundrum as original as ever.