Red & Dark Fruit Flavors in Wine (by

Posted: February 10, 2013 by wynmaker in Tasting, Wine, World wine news
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How do I buy a wine when I don’t know what it tastes like? Refer to the guide below to discover what wines have dominant red fruit flavors vs. dark fruit flavors. For example a pinot noir often has cherry flavors and a cabernet sauvignon often tastes like black currants.
Red Fruit Flavors in Wine Varieties


Gamay is better known as Beaujoulais. Most Beaujoulais are meant to be drunk within the year after they were produced and are light cherry with sometimes a banana-like flavor. There are finer more age-worthy Beaujoulais referred to as “cru Beaujoulais” and these wines often have raspberry aromas. These wines often have a green stem bitterness. Tart Cherry, Raspberry

Pinot Noir

When pinot noir has a cranberry flavor profile it is from a cooler climate such as Oregon, Marlborough, New Zealand and Burgundy, France. Cherry is the most common flavor found in pinot noir ranging from red to black cherry. Dark cherry wines indicate a warmer region such as Sonoma, CA; Central Coast, CA; Central Otago, New Zealand; Warm vintages in Oregon and Patagonia, Argentina. Strawberry aromas are a characteristic often found in New Zealand pinot noir. When a pinot noir has Raspberry flavors and it’s from America, this often means the wine was blended with some syrah to add extra body. Cranberry, Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry

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