Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ings
Labor day has past and some say the summer is over, but the weather is great and we still have lots of guest at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast in Sandwich, MA. This week I had no formal wine tastings to attend, but met my obligations to taste new wines by sampling a few with friends. Our friends Ginger and Knute, who summer in Maine, are back on Cape Cod and last night we got together with them.
|Cape Cod Canal Sunset|
This was a great opportunity to re-taste some wine I had a few weeks ago at a Cellar 55 sponsored formal tasting. I ordered a few bottles for my cellar and had just picked them up that day. We started with a 2008 Conundrum, a very interesting white blend originally created at the famous Caymus Winery in Napa Valley, California. Caymus is best known for its Cabernet blends and in 1989 set out to make a very special white blend that evolved into today’s Conundrum. Conundrum is now a separate company with production facilities in Monterey County.
“What is that wonderfully robust, floral and bright tropical taste? Is it green apple, tangerine or honeysuckle? Could it possibly be apricot, melon, pear or light vanilla? That’s the Conundrum. Our proprietarily secretive blend of California white grapes create a lush, creamy texture that leads to the mouth-watering question, “Mmmm, what’s in there?” We’re not telling. Can you guess?”
Jon Bolta, the winemaker/master blender shares this history:
“After experimenting with 11 different white wine grapes, we chose the three that we considered the key ingredients, the aromas and flavors that form the foundation of the wine: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and--for its intriguing floral/tropical character--Muscat Canelli. Then, from our "spice cabinet," we added small amounts of Sémillon and Viognier. Already, we were working with flavors and textures that formed a new and unprecedented combination--a conundrum, or puzzle to be teased out by the taster.”
So, neither the bottle nor the website gives you a clue as to the blend, but it is a great wine that goes down way to easily. It may be a conundrum, but it was the perfect wine to share with friends at the end of a perfect day on Cape Cod.
Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper’s Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts