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L.A. Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila says you can trick your friends with this wine find

June 28, 2011 |  8:00 am

Saratoga425 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, http://www.klwines.com; Liquid Wine & Spirits in Chatsworth, (818) 709-5019; http://www.liquidpartyworks.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; the Wine Closet in Camarillo, (805) 383-9812, http://www.wineclosetinc.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com. Also from the winery, (888) 865-9643, http://www.mounteden.com.


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File photo: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times