Caymus is famous for its definitive Napa Cabernets, but the winery makes a fabulous Sauvignon Blanc as well. Conundrum, which joined the Caymus roster in 1989, is a classy multivarietal blend sourced from vineyards in various parts of the state. It carries a California appellation.
A base of Muscat gives Conundrum its exotic tropical fruit, while Viognier and Semillon add aromatic spice and mineral notes.
Chardonnay chips in with lush texture, and Sauvignon Blanc brings a juicy vibrancy to the whole. The total effect is balanced and creamy, with a long finish. As with all of these wines, serve it only slightly chilled; too much cold will clamp down the flavor components.
Beringer Alluvium Blanc 1998 ($16)
Creamy and Soft
Great with a goat cheese tart.
Caymus Vineyards Conundrum 1999 ($22)
Juicy and Tropical
Perfect with grilled seafood brochettes.
Niebaum-Coppola Blancaneaux 1999 ($30)
dense and edgy
Try it alongside fish with cream sauce.