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Wine list: This week's picks

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):

Steele, 2008 Pacini Vineyards, Mendocino County Zinfandel, 13.5 percent alcohol, $17. Deep blackberry fruit with notes of herbs, spice and a hint of caramel. Ripe, but not over the top. A good value zin.

Four Vines, 2009 The Sophisticate, Sonoma County Zinfandel, 14.8 percent, $20. A briary zin with bold fruit. Layered flavors of blackberry, black cherry, herbs and spice. Good acidity. Nice length.

St. Supery, 2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 13.7 percent, $20. A zesty sauvignon blanc with crisp acidity. Notes of grapefruit, lime, lemon zest and spice. Crisp finish.

Barbera D'Alba, Borgogno Di Barbaresco, 2006 Piedmont, 13.5 percent, $20. A medium-bodied red with lively aromas and flavors. Notes of black raspberry, licorice, herbs and spice. Striking.

Saint Gregory, 2010 Mendocino Pinot Meunier, 13.5 percent, $21. A lively red with a lush texture. Notes of cherry, strawberry, herbs and spice. Good acidity. Lingering finish.

de Lorimier Winery, 2009 Stone Ranch, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County Zinfandel, 15 percent, $29. A zin with a good concentration of fruit. Notes of black cherry, herbs and spice. Lingering finish.

Siduri, 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 14.1 percent, $29. A tasty pinot with bright acidity. Notes of cherry, herbs and spice. A touch earthy. Lovely.

Gracianna, 2010 Suzanne's Blend, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Chardonnay, 13.8 percent, $34. A layered chardonnay with notes of apple, melon, pear and vanilla. Creamy texture. Nice length. Lovely.

Talbott, 2010 Sleepy Hallow Vineyard Chardonnay, 14.8 percent, $40. A lush chardonnay with a silky texture. Lovely aromas and flavors of melon, pear, vanilla, toast and cr?e brulee. Complex.

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.

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