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):
Skywalker Vineyards, 2012 Marin County Pinot Noir Rosé, 14.4 percent alcohol, $18. A hot-shot rosé with bright acidity, tangy fruit and refreshing minerality. Crisp finish.
Davis Bynum, 2011 River West Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Chardonnay, 14.5 percent, $25. A dreamy, lush chardonnay. Gorgeous. Notes of apple, pear and toast. A chardonnay-lover's chardonnay. Striking.
Mill Creek, 2010 Alexander Valley, Sonoma County Merlot, 14.5 percent, $28. A seamless merlot with snappy, cracked black pepper, herbs and concentrated cherry and blackberry flavors. Spicy finish. Juicy.
DVX, 2007 Mumm Napa, Napa Valley Sparkling Rosé, 12.5 percent, $70. Elegant, with great minerality. Bright fruit, with a creamy texture. Nice mousse.
Pahlmeyer, 2011 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 14.9 percent, $70. A silky chardonnay that's exceedingly generous — rich and opulent. It's creamy, with a lush texture. Notes of gardenia and honeysuckle. Sexy.
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