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This week's wine picks

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):

<strong>Basa, 2012 Blanco Rueda, Spain White Wine,</strong> 13 percent alcohol, $10. A very tasty wine with crisp acidity racing through it. Aromas and flavors of lemon, lime, jalape? and mineral. Zesty finish.

<strong>Easton, 2010 Amador County Zinfandel,</strong> 14.5 percent, $18. This juicy zin is a knockout because of its deep, rich, black-raspberry flavor. It also has notes of blackberry, herbs and cracked black pepper. Striking.

<strong>Roederer Estate, NV Anderson Valley Brut,</strong> 12 percent, $23. A bright sparkler, with notes of pear, hazelnut and brioche. Crisp finish. Impressive.

<strong>Domaine Carneros by Taittinger,</strong> 2009 Blanc de Noir, Brut, 12 percent, $35. An elegant sparkler, round and toasty. Yeasty, with notes of pear, apple and brioche. Nice mousse.

<strong>JCB, No. 3 Pinot Noir,</strong> 13 percent, $123. An impressive pinot with depth. Aromas and flavors of Bing cherry, herbs and white pepper. Lingering finish. Lovely.

<em>Want to share a current wine on your favorite restaurant's list? Email peg.melnik@ pressdemocrat.com or check out her Tasting Room blog at pressdemocrat.com.</em>


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