Caymus 2000 Conundrum California White Table Wine ($22.99)
Clear, light brass color. Intriguing aromas, remarkably complex; apples, figs, oranges, a hint of oak; brown spices like nutmeg and cinnamon mingle with dark, leafy fresh herbs. Big and mouth-filling, it is saved from unctuousness by a tart acidic snap unexpected in a California wine. Just off-dry, fruit sweetness nicely balanced by crisp acidity. Juicy mandarins, a slight, pleasant orange-peel bitterness and a hint of brown sugar persist in a long finish. US Importer: (May 2, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: A fine partner with a "conundrum" of a dish with a mix of flavors crafted specifically to match: A gentle, subtle potato and leek soup with a swirl of carrot puree and walnut oil, accented with black and white pepper.



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