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This week's wine picks

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):

<strong>Gundlach Bundschu, 2012 Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast Gewurztraminer,</strong> 14.5 percent alcohol, $22.50. An aromatic wine with layered flavors. Notes of Asian pear, guava and ginger. It's buoyed with bright acidity and it has a crisp finish. Exotic.

<strong>Enjoue, 2012 Sonoma Valley Syrah, Grenache & Mouvedre Ros?</strong> 13.4 percent, $24. A crisp ros?with bright acidity. Notes of raspberry, watermelon and mineral. Great balance. Nice length. A standout.

<strong>Benovia, 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir,</strong> 14.1 percent, $38. A pinot with concentrated cherry, berry flavors and snappy spice. Notes of herbs and white pepper, with a caramel finish. A very pretty pinot.

<strong>Pride Mountain, 2012 Sonoma County Viognier,</strong> 14.3 percent, $42. An aromatic viognier with a lush texture and tasty stone fruit — peach, nectarine and a hint of apricot. Nice length. Impressive.

<strong>Sojourn, 2011 Wohler Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir,</strong> 14.2 percent, $48. A pinot with striking, high-toned cherry fruit, crisp acid and a spicy finish. Edgy.

<i>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.</i>


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