This is a rich, leggy Chardonnay with citrus and butterscotch notes, a discreet touch of oak and an elegant finish. All the elements are beau- tifully balanced; here's one California Chardonnay that drinks as well with food as it does as an aperitif.
Region: Carneros/ Napa Valley
Price: About $25
Style: Elegant and restrained
Food it goes with: Nicoise salad, sauteed scallops, whole fish roasted under salt, roast birds
Where you find it: Bacchus in Manhattan Beach, (310) 372-2021 and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454;
or call the Briggs Family in Calistoga, (707) 967-1143.