Wine list

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):

Boroli, 2006 Madonna Di Como Dolcetto D? Alba Red Blend, $16. A great everyday sipper. Notes of tart cherry, plum, herbs and a hint of caramel. Smooth texture.

Charles Krug, 2006 Napa Valley Merlot, $20. Soft and easy to drink. Seamless, soft tannins. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, black currant, herbs, toast and spice. Long finish.

BR Cohn, 2008 Grieve Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, $22. A plush, yet crisp sauvignon blanc. Grassy and creamy with notes of grapefruit, herbs, lemon and lime. Tart finish.

Wilson, 2007 Carl?s Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, $32. A showy, ultra-ripe zin with complex flavors. Notes of blackberry, boysenberry, white pepper and caramel. Big and jammy.

Eldorado Gold, 2006 Sonoma County Dessert Wine, $42. A lovely after-dinner dessert drink. Intense aromas and flavors of dried apricot, honey and vanilla. Rich and full-bodied. A tasty blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon grapes.

<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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