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Wine List: This week's wine picks

Press Democrat wine writer Peg Melnik scopes out 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>Flux, 2012 California Ros?</strong> 13.4 percent alcohol, $16. A gorgeous dry ros?with tasty notes of watermelon, mineral and spice. It has bright acid, and the silky texture is a pleasant surprise. Crisp finish. Striking. (67 percent grenache, 28 percent carignan and 5 percent syrah.)

<strong>Cliff Lede, 2012 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc,</strong> 14.7 percent, $23. A tangy, New Zealand-styled sauvignon blanc with zesty notes of grapefruit, lime and a hint of jalape?. Bright acid. Great minerality.

<strong>Gary Farrell, 2011 Bradford Mountain, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Zinfandel, </strong> 14.5 percent, $45. A briary zinfandel, with notes of black cherry, anise and cracked black pepper. A hint of rhubarb. Nice length.

<strong>JC Cellars, 2011 Hayne Vineyard, Napa Valley Zinfandel, </strong> 15.2 percent, $49. A mischievous zinfandel with a snarl of spice and a huge dose of fruit — blackberry, black raspberry and plum. A lingering finish.

<strong>Lasseter Family Winery, 2010 Amoureux Red Blend, </strong>14.8 percent, $54. This is a knockout, pure and simple. It's a complex malbec-driven blend with depth. It has concentrated fruit, herbs and spice. It's a talker. (73 malbec, 18 percent cabernet sauvignon, 7 percent merlot and 2 percent cabernet franc.)

<em>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.</em>


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