Wine review: 2012 Liquid Farm 'White Hill' Chardonnay

This is a thrilling Chardonnay in the leaner style of Chablis from Liquid Farm and a collection of vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills. Each sip discovers something new — gentle spices, Meyer lemon and flowers — and a driving minerality that keeps the wine fresh and vibrant all the way to the finish. It's a bottle to have at the table with chilled shellfish, Dungeness crab or lobster. It would also go well with a roast bird, a chicken fricasée or shellfish bisque. The beautiful wine could also be enjoyed after the Champagne on New Year's Eve.

Region: Central Coast

Price: About $40

Style: Racy and elegant

What it goes with: Chilled shellfish, lobster, roast bird, shellfish bisque

Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,; John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080,; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463,; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606,; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,

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