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):
Siduri, 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 14.1 percent alcohol, $26. A standout, this pinot has depth and complexity. Aromas and flavors of rich, dark cherry, berry, herbs and pepper. Lingering finish. Impressive.
Londer, 2010 Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 14.5 percent, $45. A pinot with high-toned fruit — red raspberry, cherry and strawberry. Earthy, with notes of herbs and toast. Nice length.
William Selyem, 2011 Hawk Hill Vineyard, Sonoma County Chardonnay, 14.4 percent, $52. A drop dead gorgeous chardonnay that's both complex and seamless. Notes of pear, lemon and mineral. Great creamy texture. Nice length.
Lynmar Estate, 2009 Quail Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 14.3 percent, $70. A jammy pinot noir with layered flavors. Notes of black cherry, a hint of blueberry and spice. Firm tannins.
Archery Summit, 2011 Dundee Hills, Renegade Ride Estate Pinot Noir, 13.5 percent, $85. A rich pinot noir with aromas and flavors of dried cherry, pomegranate, herb and cracked black pepper. Briary, with a good dose of spice. Lingering finish.
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