SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A look at two very different wines, one from Napa Valley and one from Sonoma.

First is the 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards Winery in Sonoma County. Edwards harvests grapes from seven different vineyards for this wine, all from the Russian River Valley, an area she calls “the epicenter of great Pinot Noir.”

While 2010 was a year low in yield, it also produced a lot of high quality wines. This particular vintage is packed with a deep fruit aroma – with notes of dark cherries, raspberries, even brambleberries. Included with all that fruit, there is also plenty of acidity and tannins.

The wine pairs well with steak or a prime rib roast; Edwards even suggests something like a lamb burger as a perfect pairing. Cost is $45.

The second wine is a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from BonAnno Wine in Napa Valley. Bon Anno, an Italian saying which means “good year,” is also a play on vintner Matthew Bonnano’s last name.

The winery has long been known for fruit forward, ripe Cabernets, all at a good price point. The 2010 vintage has a medium deep red color and a spicy edge to it. It also has a medium body with a lighter finish.

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from several vineyards, including the Oakville, St. Helena and Oak Knoll districts. The wine, with aromas of spice and sage and notes of plenty of berries is a deal at $20.

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53 a.m., 12:53 p.m. and 4:53 p.m., and at 2:53 a.m. Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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