24 Aug Conundrum Red Blend 2013
Today In Wine: The 25th Anniversary Conundrum Red Blend 2013 ($23)
“A big style, featuring fresh, pure, complex aromatics that echo the dark berry, mineral and floral notes, accented by cranberry and spice. Firms and fans out on the finish.” – Wine Spectator
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016 –
Wine Spectator – 88 Points (2013)
It began as a white wine blend. When the red wine was crafted, it wasn’t long before it was proclaimed a “Conundrum-in-style – unlike any other red blended wine.” And so began the revolution! That is why we’re excited to introduce you to the Wagner family’s 25th Anniversary 2013 Conundrum Red blend. Winemaker, Charlie Wagner II was inspired to produce this wine by a memory of observing his grandfather sitting at his kitchen table blending different wines together – blending, tasting, and exploring. Even though the grapes used for this wine remain hush-hush, Wagner says, “the fun is exploring this intriguing wine,” – and we agree, a real conundrum!
The unique 2013 Conundrum Red blend seduces its audience with floral aromatics infused with lavender, dried berries and baking chocolate, and hints of bacon bits. This is a truly rich, velvety and wonderfully appealing red wine. Savor fruit driven flavors, with subtle notes of herbs and spice. The texture is both silky and round with balanced acidity and tannins that unfold with a long finish, beckoning a second sip.
Drink the 2013 Conundrum Red blend now, or store until 2020. If you’re hungry, consider pairing this red beauty with the following: THEGRAPE’S Caramelized Chicken Wings Recipe, THEGRAPE’s Chicken Fajitas Recipe, a Weeknight Porchetta or Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ Ribs. However, if you’re looking for a good vegetarian dish, try this Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili, which pairs really well with (this) red wine.
Wine Region: Santa Lucia & Monterey, California
Wine Grapes: Bordeaux blend (e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carmenere)
Style: Full-bodied, Layered & Silky
Drinks Like: Chateau Lanessan, Haut-Medoc 2010 ($30), Chateau La Tour de Mons 2010 ($35)
Food & Wine Pairings: THEGRAPE’S Caramelized Chicken Wings Recipe
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The 25th Anniversary Conundrum Red Blend 2013
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold
A great wine for under $25, the 2013 Conundrum Red blend won’t disappoint. If you think this wine is good, it’s even better with food! Consider pairing the 2013 Conundrum Red blend with the following: THEGRAPE'S Caramelized Chicken Wings Recipe, THEGRAPE's Chicken Fajitas Recipe, a Weeknight Porchetta or Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ Ribs. However, if you’re looking for a good vegetarian dish, try a Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili, which pairs really well with (this) red wine. Have fun while you try to figure out which grapes were used for this blend. This offers a palate of blackberry, raspberry, and milk chocolate, overlaid with earthy notes and subtle traces of grilled meat. Enjoy the 2013 Conundrum Red blend now, or store until 2020. Drink and be merry while you sip this Grape Certified Gold wine.