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Wine list: This week's 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):

Edna Valley, 2012 Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc, 13.9 percent alcohol, $15. A bright and lively sauvignon blanc with complex flavors of peach, guava and grapefruit. Nice acidity. Long finish.

Carlisle, 2011 Saitone Ranch, Russian River Valley Zinfandel, 15 percent, $16. A complex zinfandel with depth. Briary, with rich black and red fruit, herbs and spice. Lingering finish.

Ridge, 2011 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel, 14.7 percent, $35. A rustic zin with ripe fruit and a snappy undercurrent of spice. Notes of blackberry, currant, plum and cracked black pepper. Seamless. Nice Length.

Beringer, 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.3 percent, $40. A gorgeous cabernet sauvignon with notes of blackberry, black raspberry, dark chocolate and herbs. Seamless texture. Lingering finish.

Etude, 2011 Grace Benoist Ranch Carneros Pinot Noir, 14.2 percent, $42. An elegant pinot with bright black cherry fruit and notes of cedar and herbs. Nice acidity. Balanced. Lovely.

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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