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):

Edna Valley, 2011 Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc, 13.9 percent alcohol, $15. A bright and lively sauvignon blanc with aromas and flavors of grapefruit, peach and guava. Good acidity. Crisp finish.

Graziano, 2011 Mendocino County Chenin Blanc, 13.5 percent, $15. A dry white with layered flavors. Notes of tropical fruit, melon and mineral. Lovely.

Carol Shelton, 2009 Xander Zin, Harris-Kratka Vineyard, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, 14.8 percent, $33. A spot-on zin with red raspberry fruit, herbs and black pepper spice. Nice acidity. Spicy finish.

Field Stone, 2009 Staten Family Reserve, Alexander Valley Petite Sirah, 14.9 percent, $40. A zesty petite sirah with a great undercurrent of cracked black pepper. Notes of blackberry, black raspberry and herbs. Great structure. Nice length.

Penner-Ash, 2009 Zena Crown Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, 14.5 percent, $60. A pinot with depth and a great concentration of cherry and black cherry fruit flavors. Has some muscle. Lush texture. Lingering finish.

Want to share a current wine on your favorite restaurant's list? E-mail peg.melnik@ pressdemocrat.com or check out her Tasting Room blog at pressdemocrat.com.

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