2014 Spellbound California Chardonnay

SKU #1240582

From winemaker Rob Mondavi, Jr, the 2014 Spellbound Chardonnay displays a lively and lush tropical profile of pineapple, guava, and kiwi fruit. To contribute the rich complexity of vanilla and crème brûlée, 90% of the wine was fermented in oak barrels, with the remaining 10% fermented in stainless steel to maintain a bracing vein of freshness and acid.

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2016 | Send Email
This little bargain Chardonnay will leave you spellbound! It is one of our most popular domestic Chardonnays because of its tropical flavors, cream and bright acidity on the finish. Just a light hint of oak. Excellent in part because of its lineage from the Mondavi family, who as you know, have just a little experience in winemaking.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
This is one of the most popular California Chardonnays we carry every year, and for good reason. It is amazing how much you are getting for the price. Bright fruit notes of pear, lychee, and kiwi are nestled in vanilla and braced with a streak of acid. The oak in this wine is definitely present, but as a way of enveloping the palate not running over it. This is the Chardonnay to keep around by the case.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2016 | Send Email
Year in and year out Spellbound Chardonnay always delivers! Classic California Chardonnay with a soft touch of oak. Tropical fruit, vanilla and creme brulee burst in the glass. A backbone of acidity brings the perfect balance to the wine. Love this wine with some Thai food.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
Everyday, sometimes twice a days, California Chardonnay! Value priced but lacking nothing. Barrel fermented, this wine has body, mouth-feel, and depth. lots of apple, pear, vanilla and toast, this wine has everything without being heavy handed.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
The Spellbound Chardonnay shows incredible depth and balance at a fantastic value. The nose is full of pears, baked apples, and just a hint of lees and toasty notes. The palate provides incredible balance between acid and a richness while having notes of white peach, pear and vanilla.

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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, 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.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5