Wine List: This week's 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>Whitehaven, 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc,</strong> 13 percent alcohol, $20. A sassy sauvignon blanc that's grassy and tropical. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lime and a hint of jalape? makes it edgy. A tasty pick if you like New Zealand-styled sauvignon blancs.

<strong>Flora Springs, 2011 Napa Valley Merlot,</strong> 13.5 percent, $25. A striking, earthy merlot that's seamless. It has depth, with notes of concentrated cherry, herbs and black pepper. Lingering finish.

<strong>The Prisoner, 2012 Napa Valley Red Wine,</strong> 15.2 percent, $40. A jammy blend with a big personality. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry, cherry and pepper. Ripe, but not over-the-top.

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