2012 Spellbound California Chardonnay

SKU #1137671 Wine Enthusiast

 While oaky and smoky, this Chardonnay is packed with fleshy tropical fruit A slightly bracing feel on the finish gives it some texture. It should pair well with weekday meals or as a pass-around wine at parties.  (2/2014)

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Aging and fermentation take place in small oak barrels. To maintain the crisp fresh fruit acidity within the wine 10% is fermented in stainless steel.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2014 | Send Email
A great price and easy to drink and enjoy. The Spellbound Chardonnay is juicy with a little hint of oak and butter that does not dominate the wine. It is clean and refreshing and should go well alone or with fish or chicken.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2013 | Send Email
Spellbound Chardonnay comes from Robert Mondavi and Folio Fine Wine Partners, and the 2012, if you can believe it, is even more amazing than 2011. Some say 2012 is the best vintage California has had in a decade, and this wine is a perfect testament to that. Perfect balance and texture to a "Baby Rombauer" style of Chardonnay. Even with its rich, creamy texture, there are layers of flavor and complex fruit notes like citrus, tropical fruit and vanilla. But with the drinkability and balance of this "life of the party" wine, you would never guess its price! It will be bikini season soon so drink your spellbound in place of the cheese!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Central Valley/Lodi

- With a reputation for bulk wine and table grapes, little to no quality wine has emerged from the expansive Central Valley since companies like Franzia and Gallo staked their claim here. The exception are new wine ventures in sub-AVAs Lodi and Clarksburg, home to jammy zinfandels and surprisingly distinguished chenin blancs respectively.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5