Wine List: This week's wine picks



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):

MacPhail, 2013 Sonoma Coast Ros? of Pinot Noir, 14.5 percent alcohol, $22. This dry ros?is crisp and clean, with notes of strawberry, raspberry, rose petal and mineral. Balanced. Impressive.

Lawson's Dry Hills, 2013 Reserve Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, 14 percent, $23. Outstanding. Grassy, with vibrant notes of grapefruit, lemon, lime and spicy jalape?. Zesty finish. Nice length.

Ferrari-Carano, 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 14.3 percent, $38. A layered pinot noir with a range of flavors — rhubarb, cherry, cranberry, toasty oak and caramel. Lush texture. Nice length.

Bedrock Wine Co., 2012 Lorenzo's Heritage Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Red Wine, 14.9 percent, $42. A striking red that's dripping with fruit. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis and cracked black pepper. Lingering finish. A knockout.

Martinelli, 2008 Vellutini Ranch Russian River Valley Syrah, 16.4 percent, $75. A gorgeous syrah with depth. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry and cracked black pepper. A standout.

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