2012 Spellbound California Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1166612 Connoisseurs Guide

 On the positive side of its ledger sheet, this bottling delivers a good sense of briary, fairly lively, slightly olive-tinged fruit for a Cabernet of its price, yet, while relatively inexpensive, it is not a wine that is particularly well suited to casual near-term drinking due to its rather imposing tannins. It is well worth the money, but be warned that it needs pairing with hearty foods.  (4/2014)

Wine Enthusiast

 This Cab is pretty good for the price. It's ripe and fruity, with a full body and rich but soft tannins. Turns a bit treacly on the finish, with a dulcet honeyed finish.  (3/2014)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes "With the 2012 vintage, warm days cooled down by fog in the evenings allowed for the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to become rich in structure and obtain dark fruit characteristics. We are proud to offer our Cabernet Sauvignon, and hope you also find the rich textures, chocolate finish, and balanced structure as delicious as we do." - Rob Mondavi Jr., 4th Generation Napa Valley Winemaker

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2014 | Send Email
I'm obsessed with Robert Mondavi Jr.'s latest addition to the Spellbound family! If you love California Cab, but don't want to spend Napa Valley prices, you've met your match! This fruit is sourced from some of the best vineyards in California but because of the family reputation, this Cab doesn't cost an arm and leg for high-quality juice. Great everyday red full of richness and depth, and still soft enough on the palate to drink on its own or with food. Supple tannins and acid make it a super juicy, food-friendly crowd pleaser! BBQ anyone?

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2014 | Send Email
This very approachable Cabernet shows characteristics of raspberry compote with hints of violet and blueberry. These bold fruit flavors and plush tannins make this Cab a great burger wine. Yeah, a portobello and Swiss burger sounds just right.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5