Wine list

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):

Beaulieu Vineyard, 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5 percent alcohol, $20. An approachable cab with a seamless texture. Notes of generous fruit, briary herbs and spice. Ripe tannins. Balanced.

Bedrock Wine Co., 2011 Old Vine Sonoma County Zinfandel, 14.8 percent, $24. A rock star zin. Notes of deep, rich blackberry and black raspberry, herbs and spice. Zesty finish.

Ridge, 2011 Pagani Vineyard Zinfandel, 14.7 percent, $35. An elegant zin with layered flavors. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry, herbs, spice and a hint of caramel. Seamless texture.

Sebastiani, 2010 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, 13.7 percent alcohol, $50. An elegant cab with notes of red and black fruit, licorice and spice. Nice acidity. Firm tannins.

Trione, 2008 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.9 percent, $64. A big, full-bodied cab with integrated tannins. Notes of herbs, currants and clove. Lingering finish.

Want to share a current wine on your favorite restaurant's list? E-mail peg.melnik@ pressdemocrat.com.

Check out her Tasting Room blog at pressdemocrat.com.

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