2010 Spellbound California Chardonnay (Previously $12)

SKU #1092336 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another project of Robert Mondavi and Folio Fine Wine Partners, these excellent values include a delicious 2010 Chardonnay that offers notes of orange marmalade, tangerine oil and lemon blossoms in a fresh, medium-bodied style, revealing a delicate hint of oak in the background. Enjoy it over the next several years.  (10/ 2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 Winemaker Rob Mondavi, Jr. sourced Chardonnay grapes from predominantly Lodi for this lightly aromatic, balanced wine. It opens with a big taste of ripe golden apples and vanilla, and a slightly tropical finish.  (9/ 2012)

K&L Notes

From Spellbound: "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: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/1/2012  | Send Email
Its not everyday you find a wine that majorly over delivers for the price. Fear not all the expenses of the holiday's wearing down your spirit and wallet; the Spell of the Super-Charged Spellbound Chardonnay is here to save the day! If you love Cakebread, Rombauer, or any other big name big price Chardonnay, but cant afford a case every other week, look no further! For just around ten bucks, you get all the richness and flavor to savor and will keep you and your guests uber satisfied and wanting more!

By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/21/2012  | Send Email
I am not one of those people who are on the "I hate California Chardonnay" bandwagon. I think every wine has it's place and time. Bright flavors are balanced with notes of vanilla and classic oak. Perfect with any spicy Mexican food!

Additional Information:

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, Mācon, 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.