2007 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay ‘Saratoga Cuvée’

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,; Liquid Wine & Spirits in Chatsworth, (818) 709-5019;; Wally’s Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606,; the Wine Closet in Camarillo, (805) 383-9812,; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, Also from the winery, (888) 865-9643,