December 2017 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 7

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The interesting thing about the
Spellbound website is not what it says,
but what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t say
that one of the partners is Rob Mondavi,
grandson of Robert Mondavi, easily the
most iconic name in California wine
history.
The reason for the omission was
probably that Rob, son of Michael, former
president of Mondavi Winery, wanted to
make a name for himself in spite of his
name, not because of it. The fact that
his background and experience is in the
rarified world of winemaking in the Napa
Valley didn’t hurt his chances either.
Merlot got an undeservedly bad wrap in
themovie
Sideways
. There is no argument
that Bordeaux is the most famous wine
region in the world. And it’s no secret
that Merlot has twice the acreage of
Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux and
accounts for most of its greatest wines.
Merlot has been used in some of the best
wines from California as well. And while
Merlot blends perfectly with Cabernet
because it adds softness to the mix, the
grape obviously can stand on its own.
This Spellbound Merlot can attest to
Rob’s winemaking talent. The California
appellation allows him the freedom to
cross boundaries, but not ideologies. He
is able to pull from his vast resources of
the finest grapes to craft exceptional
wines that are also exceptional values.
Here is an amazing Merlot with all the
outstanding pedigree of Napa, but
without the price.
ITEM #: V1217R1DC
Retail Price:
Member Price:
Reorder Price:
$18.99/each
$16.98/each
$ 8.99/each
“ mer • LOH “
Violets, Blueberries
Rich Fruit, Some
Spice, Vanilla
Now through 2022
Red Meat, Game,
Fowl
Bright Crimson
Soft, Lingering Cherry,
Berry
Region: California • Alcohol: 13.5%
SPELLBOUND
Merlot, 2015
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