2009 Spellbound California Chardonnay (Previously $13)

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A 'Top Value', Robert Parker: "The finest Spellbound wine is the 2009 Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay aged ten months in French oak). Aromas of buttered citrus, lemon oil and white peaches are offered in a medium-bodied, straightforward, well-made style." (08/11) The 2009 Spellbound Chardonnay features bright and lush tropical fruit flavors such as pineapple, banana, guava, and kiwi. These bright favors are balanced with notes of vanilla and classic creme brulee. Enjoy this wine on its own or with a variety of cuisine from the Pacific Rim to the fiery Southwest.

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By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/25/2012  | Send Email
2009 Spellbound Chardonnay features great notes of tropical fruit and light hints of vanilla. Great mouth feel of creme brulee. Don't forget the long finish of apple and cirtus! Perfect for any southwest fare.

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/30/2012  | Send Email
A great value chardonnay from Rob Mondavi Jr.

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2011  | Send Email
Our best value CA Chardonnay. This just hits all the notes that you want from a CA Chard but without the big price tag. Big fruit, ranging from stone to tropical, with just enough oak and buttery tones to balance and round it out.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/31/2011  | Send Email
Chardonnay that has this amount of richness and viscosity at this price point are very hard to come by. Fruity, rich, toasty and 12 bucks, a good drink.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/7/2011  | Send Email
If you're looking for a Chardonnay that has all the tropical notes, cream, butter and toast of the "Big name" Wineries but don't want to shell out 30 or 40 bucks give this a try. Made by Robert Mondavi Jr. with all the bells and whistles you would expect but with bright, refreshing acidity also. This is a crowd pleaser for your next dinner party or Summer BBQ.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/5/2011  | Send Email
This chardonnay is made by Rob Mondavi Jr. and he has made this lush ripe style for only $13. For the California Chardonnay who likes tropical fruit with some oak this is it. Fermentation and aging is completed in both stainless and oak but he uses small oak barrels which adds more of the vanilla and butter. Plenty of lush tropical fruit on the nose and palate as well. A great value for this category.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/29/2011  | Send Email
One of our customers took home a bottle of this wine 'just to try it over the weekend' and returned the next day for a full case. This makes our job so much easier, when the aromatic panoply of tropical fruits shines through, sip after sip, glass after glass. Made by a fellow who knows a bit about wine (Rob Mondavi Jr.) and how to coax stainless, wood and fruit into a harmonious whole, the Spellbound is 90% fermented in small oak barrels for vanilla and toast notes, and 10% in stainless for crisp and lively acidity. Pair with pan-seared scallops or tarragon-roasted chicken.
Top Value!

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 2/1/2012 
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This wine is probably a tremendous value to Rombauer lovers (which I am not). It has a sweet finish, and possesses all the "Cal-modern" winemaking tricks that seem to please the American masses. Its fruit is very tropical. But it will not please someone looking for Burgundian and leaner-styled French chardonnay -- at any price.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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, Mâcon, 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.