The other night I opened one of many bottles we got at Christmas this year. I was serving a creamy mushroom and lentil soup for dinner and hoped that the Chardonnay could handle the challenge. The 2005 Villa Mt. Eden Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley has pear and tropical fruit on the nose. The tropical fruit carries through, on the light side, to the palate with a round, creamy finish with slight acidity. Not a 100% off, but next time I think I'll choose a earthy, not to heavy, red. The Chardonnay was a nice wine for $20/bottle. Not a top favorite but I would definitely not hesitate to have it again if offered.