Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay is consistently one of the finest from California. But this one from the winery’s Saratoga line — designed to showcase the Santa Cruz Mountain terroir — is a real find at this price. The fruit is right there in the first sip. Light on the oak, the 2007 Saratoga Chardonnay carries a gentle lilt of citrus and a touch of anise. Like its big brother, it is Burgundian in style, grace in a glass.
Bring it to a dinner party as a ringer: It could be mistaken for a very expensive bottle.
Pour it with Copper River salmon, lobster, crab or a warm seafood salad.
Region: Santa Cruz Mountains
Price: About $23 to $28
Style: Lean and focused
What it goes with: Copper River salmon, lobster and crab.
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, https://www.klwines.com; Liquid Wine & Spirits in Chatsworth, (818) 709-5019; https://www.liquidpartyworks.com; Wally’s Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, https://www.wallywine.com; the Wine Closet in Camarillo, (805) 383-9812, https://www.wineclosetinc.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, https://www.winehouse.com. Also from the winery, (888) 865-9643, https://www.mounteden.com.