2016 Conundrum Rose – Wine Review

2016 Conundrum Rose

This is a wine review of a 2016 Conundrum Rose by Conundrum Wines. The grapes used to produce this wine are Valdiguié from Paso Robles, California. This wine has a 13.1% alcohol content and retails between $20.00 and $22.00. We happened to find this at our Total Wine in North Miami.


The bottle is clear with beige label and pink/gold fonts. The wine is clear with a dark salmon almost coral/orange in color with a rim variation that turns lighter within the same color family.


Strawberries and watermelon immediately fill the nasal passages with a medium plus intensity. This Conundrum Rose is youthful.


This Conundrum Rose has a high acidity, medium body and medium intensity of flavors within the flavor profile. The flavor profile consists of strawberry and watermelon flavors along with a grapefruit/citrus component. The finish was medium in length with strong minerality.

Overall Experience

The Conundrum Rose by Conundrum Wines was one of our top two rose’s of Summer 2018 as it had balance and a higher intensity level. We wish it could have had a little more complexity and finish last a bit longer, but it was full of fruit flavor, which did not disappoint. This wine is perfect for the 85-degree late Saturday evening we decided to open this bottle. Great showing from Conundrum on their new project!


Food – Light poultry dishes

Cigar – Arturo Fuente Rosado Gran Reserva

Winemakers Tasting Notes

An alluring color of rose gold, this Conundrum Rose offers fresh scents of watermelon, strawberries and ripe peaches. Floral notes come through on the nose and carry over to the palate, along with flavors of berries, pomegranate and citrus. Both dry and round, layers of delicate and intense fruit flavors add a degree of character that can be elusive in a Rosé. The finish on this wine is light and bright, with a floral quality blending seamlessly with the lushness of its fruit.

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About Conundrum Wines – http://www.conundrumwines.com

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.