Wine list

  • PC: Charlie Gesell/The Press Democrat Red wine comes in many shades including these Sin Zin zinfandel, Foppiano Merlot and La Crema syrah.

    9/12/2004: 18: SHADES OF RED

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):

Monte Volpe, 2009 Mendocino County, Primo Rosso Red Blend, 14.5 percent, $9. A juicy red with layered notes of cherry, herbs and snappy spice. A tasty quaff.

Evodia, 2011 Altovinum Old Vines Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain, Red Wine, 15 percent, $10. A bright wine with notes of tart cherry, herbs and cracked black pepper. Tangy fruit. Bright acidity.

Shebang! Sixth Cuvee California Red Wine, 14.2 percent, $14. A rustic red wine with notes of cherry, herbs and spice. Good balance. Zesty finish.

Borsao, 2010 Garnacha, Borja, Spain, 14 percent, $16. A crisp garnacha with brambly fruit flavors and soft tannins. Notes of raspberry and spice. Nice length.

Aurora Point, 2011 Stonestreet, Alexander Mountain Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 14.5 percent, $40. A fleshy sauvignon blanc with tangy flavors. Notes of melon, pear and a hint of jalape?. Nice texture. Lingering finish.

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

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