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.
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