Press Democrat wine writer Peg Melnik scopes out wine lists around the North Bay, looking for good value and the occasional splurge.
This week's picks (prices are retail; restaurant markup varies):
River Road, 2013 Russian River Valley Reserve, Sonoma County Rosé of Pinot Noir, 12.5 percent alcohol, $15. A tasty rosé with notes of raspberry, honeysuckle and spice. Bright and lively. Nice length.
Kendall-Jackson, 2012 Vintner's Reserve California Pinot Noir, 13.5 percent, $24. An impressive pinot with integrated, ripe tannins. Layered, with notes of raspberry, plum, black cherry and spice. Lingering finish.
Rodney Strong, 2011 Alexander Valley Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5 percent, $28. A round cab with delicious fruit, red plum and boysenberry. Great structure, Firm tannins. Striking.
Grgich Hills Estate, 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel, 15.5 percent, $35. A spicy zin with a range of flavors - plum, strawberry and white pepper. Zesty finish.
Gary Farrell, 2011 Rochioli Vineyard, Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 14.1 percent, $50. A complex chardonnay with aromas and flavors of lemon, white peach and hazelnut. Deep flavors, rich and decadent.
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