Wines to try for week of Nov. 18

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):

Tin Roof, 2011 California Chardonnay, 13.5 percent alcohol, $10. A tasty, aromatic chardonnay. Creamy, with notes of apple, citrus, toast and crisp acidity. Balanced. Uncomplicated. A budget-savvy pick.

Four Vines, 2010 The Sophisticate Sonoma County Zinfandel, 14.8 percent, $20. A bossy zin with concentrated blackberry bramble fruit flavors. Briary, with notes of black cherry, licorice and cracked black pepper. Tangy finish.

G.G. Di Arie, 2008 Sierra Legend Syrah-blend, 14.1 percent, $35. A syrah blend with great bones. Complex, with notes of blackberry, cherry, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Edgy.

Enkidu, 2010 Tina Marie, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 14.4 percent, $45. An elegant pinot with refreshing acidity. Notes of cherry, herbs and spice. Great minerality. Nice length.

Arista, 2010 Mononi Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 14.4 percent, $45. A striking pinot noir that is complex and silky. Aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, violet and chocolate. Lingering finish. Impressive.

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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