Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Conundrum 2007

While on a trip to Greensboro, North Carolina, I visited the Green Valley Grill, a wonderful upscale restaurant adjacent to the equally cool O. Henry hotel. The hotel is named after the author, who was born in Greensboro. To prepare for the business meeting the following day, we had a nice dinner at the Grill. The restaurant dining room has a 30' tall ceiling with a 22' mural and plentiful arches. I ordered the Veal Oscar and for a change of pace ordered a glass (or two) of Conundrum. This wine typically retails from $24 to $29 and routinely gets great reviews. It is a white California blend with Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Napa Valley, Muscat Canelli from Tulare county on the Central Coast, and Chardonnay and Viognier from their vineyards in Monterey County. The "puzzle" of Conundrum lies partly in guessing the combination of grape varieties used because the winemaker never reveals its exact composition.

This is a nice food wine with aromas of green apple and pear. It has high acidity and a taste of citrus fruits. This pleasing glass has a powerful finish.

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