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>Siduri, 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir,</strong> 14.1 percent alcohol, $26. A standout, this pinot has depth and complexity. Aromas and flavors of rich, dark cherry, berry, herbs and pepper. Lingering finish. Impressive.
<strong>Londer, 2010 Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir,</strong> 14.5 percent, $45. A pinot with high-toned fruit — red raspberry, cherry and strawberry. Earthy, with notes of herbs and toast. Nice length.
<strong>William Selyem, 2011 Hawk Hill Vineyard, Sonoma County Chardonnay,</strong> 14.4 percent, $52. A drop dead gorgeous chardonnay that's both complex and seamless. Notes of pear, lemon and mineral. Great creamy texture. Nice length.
<strong>Lynmar Estate, 2009 Quail Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir,</strong> 14.3 percent, $70. A jammy pinot noir with layered flavors. Notes of black cherry, a hint of blueberry and spice. Firm tannins.
<strong>Archery Summit, 2011 Dundee Hills, Renegade Ride Estate Pinot Noir,</strong> 13.5 percent, $85. A rich pinot noir with aromas and flavors of dried cherry, pomegranate, herb and cracked black pepper. Briary, with a good dose of spice. Lingering finish.