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A Wine to Try: 2010 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay ‘Santa Rita Hills’

The 2010 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay "‘Santa Rita Hills" combines the juice from five vineyard sites in the Santa Rita Hills, each one contributing a different expression of Chardonnay to the blend. The result is an elegant, food-friendly Chardonnay with aromas of melon and orange blossom. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

The 2010 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay "‘Santa Rita Hills" combines the juice from five vineyard sites in the Santa Rita Hills, each one contributing a different expression of Chardonnay to the blend. The result is an elegant, food-friendly Chardonnay with aromas of melon and orange blossom. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Purchase photo reprints »

A WINE TO TRY

2010 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay “Santa Rita Hills”

Central Coast, California

$25 to $31.

Zesty and elegant

Goes with: Scallops, spot prawns, smoked trout

OK, score one for California Chardonnay. Here’s a beauty from Brewer-Clifton that combines the juice from five vineyard sites in the Santa Rita Hills, each one contributing a different expression of Chardonnay to the blend. The result is an elegant, food-friendly Chardonnay with aromas of melon and orange blossom. It’s lean and focused, yet complex and long in the finish. This is a terrific entry-level Chardonnay at a great price for the quality.

Drink it with seared scallops or as an aperitif with olives and toasted almonds or a little smoked trout.

— S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

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