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.)
Enotria 2011 Mendocino County Cortese, 13.5 percent alcohol, $15. A crisp white with great minerality. Refreshing citrus, pear and a hint of lime. Nice length.
Quivira, 2013 Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Ros? 15 percent, $22. (The mix is 70 percent grenache, 15, mourvedre and 15, syrah.) A striking ros?with high-toned strawberry and watermelon fruit, bright mineral and great acid. Has a crisp finish. A knockout.
Dry Creek Vineyard, Old Vine Zinfandel, 2012 Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Zinfandel, 14.5 percent, $30. A briary zin with ripe boysenberry and raspberry fruit, herbs and spice. Bright acidity. Seamless texture. Lingering finish.
Robert Biale Vineyards, 2012 Rocky Ridge Vineyard, Rockpile, Sonoma County Zinfandel, 15.8 percent, $50. A tasty zin with layered fruit — blackberry, cherry and plum. Great current of spice. Zesty finish.
Inman Family, 2011 Olivet Grange Vineyard Pinot Noir, 14.2 percent, $68. A pinot with a seamless texture and striking red fruit — raspberry and currant. Notes of herbs and spice. Elegant.