Press Democrat wine writer Peg Melnik scopes out restaurant wine splurges. This week's picks (prices are retail; restaurant markup varies):
Four Vines Naked Unoaked, 2011 Santa Barbara Chardonnay, 13.9 percent alcohol, $13. A refreshing white with bright acidity. Notes of white peach, lime and spice. Crisp finish. Zesty.
Avant, 2012 California Chardonnay, 13.5 percent, $17. A tasty chardonnay with refreshing acidity. Aromas and flavors of pear, apple and lemon. Lightly toasted. Great minerality. Nice length.
Davis Bynum, 2012 Virginia's Block from Jane's Vineyard, Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 14.5 percent, $25. A crisp sauvignon blanc with citrus, melon and herbs. Bright acidity. Great balance. Zesty finish.
Loring Wine Company, 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, 14.7 percent, $32. A ripe pinot with bold fruit — cherry, blackberry and plum — and zesty spice. Lingering finish. Rock Star.
Haywood Estate, 2009 Los Chamizal Sonoma Valley Primitivo, 14.3 percent, $34. A spicy red with bright fruit - wild strawberry with a kick of cracked black pepper. Nice length. Very tasty.
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.