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):
Scott, 2012 Arroyo Seco Chardonnay, 14.5 percent alcohol, $25. A tropical chardonnay with a range of flavors and great minerality. It has a nice yin-yang balance between citrus and stone fruit. Notes of Meyer lemon, peach, mineral and a hint of butterscotch. Nice length.
Ramey, 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 14.5 percent, $40. A gorgeous, lush chardonnay with great complexity. Layered notes of apple, melon and brioche. Lingering finish. Rock star.
Gloria Ferrer, 2008 Carneros Rosé Brut, 12.5 percent, $45. The sparkling rosé is crisp with good acidity, and has tasty notes of strawberry, raspberry and mineral. Nice mousse. Lovely.
Wrath, 2011 Boekenoogen Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, 14.3 percent, $49. A ripe pinot buoyed with bright acidity. Complex, with layered red fruit, herbs and spice. Very tasty.
Black Kite, 2011 Stony Terrace, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 14.2 percent, $55. A striking pinot with concentrated black cherry, toast and cracked black pepper. Long finish. Impressive because of its depth.
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