Types of Fruity Red Wine

Karen Frazier
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Flavorful Fruity Wines

Wine is so subjective that the types of fruity red wine varies depending on a person's palate. What one person thinks is fruity, another may not. Many people get the term fruity confused with the term sweet. Often, when a person is looking for a sweet red wine that is not a Port, what they are looking for is a fruity red wine. If this describes you, here are a few of the types of fruity red wine on the market today.

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Gamay

Vintners use the Gamay grape to make Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau. This wine is light bodied and bursting with fresh cherry flavors.

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Malbec

Malbecs display the fruitiness of summer ripened blueberries with a hint of spice. For a great Malbec at a great price, try Altos Las Hormigas served slightly chilled.

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Syrah

Syrah has more subtle cherry and raspberry flavors. Remember to go for the Syrah, not the Australian Shiraz. Shiraz tends to be more on the spicy, rather than fruity, side.

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Dolcetto

This Italian wine is definitely dominated by fruit such as vine ripened strawberries and sun-kissed plums. Translated from Italian, Dolcetto means "little sweet one."

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Lambrusco

This classic Italian red has flavors of fresh cherries and ripe strawberries.

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Sangiovese

A non-blended Sangiovese is light bodied with forward fruit flavors of black cherries, mulberries and pomegranate. Older Sangioveses are a bit less fruity and take on slightly leathery flavor characteristics.

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Beaujolais

You don't have to wait until Beaujolais Nouveau Day to enjoy this light bodied full-of-fruit wine. Many wine snobs dislike Beaujolais Nouveau, but if you're looking for a fruity wine, this is definitely one of them.

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Carmenere

Pronounced Car-mun-yay, this wine varies in terms of fruitiness, depending on the drinkers palate. A good Carmenere displays flavor characteristics of dried raspberries with a hint of chocolate.

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Garnacha

This wine has more of the dried, dark fruitiness to it. Think of sun dried cherries with a touch of earthiness when you think of Garnacha. Garnacha is from Spain while its counterpart, Grenache, is from France.

This is just one of may delicious fruity reds you can try. Need more suggestions? Head to your local wine shop and ask the properietor. Wine sellers are usually happy to make recommendations of wines they love.

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Types of Fruity Red Wine