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This week's wine list

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.

Want to share a current wine on your favorite restaurant's list? E-mail peg.melnik@pressdemocrat.com or check out her Tasting Room blog at pressdemocrat.com.

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