Wine list

  • PC: Charlie Gesell/The Press Democrat Red wine comes in many shades including these Sin Zin zinfandel, Foppiano Merlot and La Crema syrah.

    9/12/2004: 18: SHADES OF RED

Press Democrat wine writer Peg Melnik scopes out restaurant wine lists around the North Bay, looking for good value and the occasional splurge. This week's picks (prices are retail; restaurant markup varies):

Green & Red Vineyard, 2010 Chiles Mill Vineyard, Napa Valley Zinfandel, 14.7 percent alcohol, $26. A bossy zin with a great concentration of blackberry and black cherry fruit. Spicy. Seamless texture. Long finish.

Carol Shelton Wines, 2009 Wild Thing Zinfandel, Mendocino County, 14.5 percent, $19. A tasty zin with bright, fresh fruit. Great undercurrent of spice. Nice length.

Miraflores, 2010 El Dorado Zinfandel, 14.9 percent, $25. A lush zin with generous fruit. Aromas and flavors of black fruit, herbs and spice. Lingering finish.

Edmeades, 2009 Perli Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge Zinfandel, 15.8 percent, $31. A ripe zin with notes of blackberry, plum and cracked black pepper. Zesty.

Collier Falls, 2007 Dry Creek Valley, 15.7 percent, $34. A layered zin with aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, plum, spice and a hint of caramel on the finish. Tasty.

Storybook Mountain Vineyards, 2010 Mayacamas Range, Napa Valley, 14.8 percent, $36. A pretty zin with generous fruit and good acid. Deep flavors of blackberry and black raspberry fruit. Spicy finish.

Wilson, 2011 Bramble Creek, Alexander Valley, 16.2 percent, $36. A ripe zin, but not over the top. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum and cracked black pepper. Lingering finish.

Bella, 2010 Lily Hill, 14.6 percent, $42. A zin with a great concentration of blackberry fruit. Juicy. Lingering finish.

Limerick Lane, 2010 Limerick Lane Cellars, 14.4 percent, $44. A pretty zin with black and red fruit. Layered flavors. Bright acid. Nice length.

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