This week, we enjoyed two wines that seemed like they could please crowds.
The 2010 Borsao Berola from Spain ($16.99 from Wellington’s Marketplace in Concord) is 70 percent garnacha, 20 percent syrah and 10 percent cabernet sauvignon. This deep violet wine had aromas of spice and plum. While we didn’t get much of that spice in the flavor, we did detect woody notes and even a little gaminess in this juicy, smooth wine with a big backbone. This big red would pair well with a big Italian sauce or other hearty flavors.
The 2010 Manifesto North Coast Unoaked Chardonnay ($12.99 at Harvest Market in Bedford) is a gold-colored wine with faint white peach and green apple aromas. These crisp fruit notes carried through in the flavor of the wine as well, which was crisp, clean, citrusy and dry. Dry, but still round, with pleasant mouthfeel and overall approachability.
Each week in “Red, White & Green,” the wine-lovers taste red and white wines that sell for not too much of the green, less than $20. The goal? To find a good bottle without breaking the bank. Unless otherwise noted, the prices listed are what you’ll find the bottles selling for at the New Hampshire Wine & Liquor Outlet.