best fruity wine

When it comes to taste, good wine doesn’t have the essence of just grapes. Often, you can detect other fruits for a richer and fruitier flavor. Any wine that has a reasonably strong fruity flavor can be considered a fruity wine. 

It’s commonly thought that all fruity wines are sweet. However, this is mistaken. Fruity wines come in many different flavors and varietals, including reds, whites, and rosés. 

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1. Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett Riesling 2018
Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett Riesling 2018
  • Variety: Riesling, German White
  • Appellation: Mosel, Western Germany
  • Winery: Willi Schaefer
  • Alcohol: 8%
  • Bottle Size: 750 ml
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2. Reata Versada Zinfandel 2016
Reata Versada Zinfandel 2016
  • Variety: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Californian Red
  • Appellation: Napa Valley, California
  • Winery: Jameson Ranch Vineyards
  • Alcohol: 14.6%
  • Bottle Size: 750 m
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3. Light Horse Pinot Noir 2018
Light Horse Pinot Noir 2016
  • Variety: Pinot Noir, Californian Red
  • Appellation: Napa Valley, California
  • Winery: Jameson Ranch Vineyards
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Bottle: 750 ml
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4. Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
  • Variety: Pinot Noir, Pacific North-western Red
  • Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • Winery: Resonance
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Bottle: 750 ml
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5. FLO Moscato 2016
FLO Moscato 2016
  • Variety: Moscato, Californian White
  • Appellation: Napa Valley, California
  • Winery: FLO
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Bottle: 750 ml
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6. Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2019
Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2019
  • Variety: Moscato Bianco, Italian Sparkling White
  • Appellation: Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont
  • Winery: Saracco
  • Alcohol: 6%
  • Bottle: 750 m
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7. Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2016
Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2016
  • Variety: Zinfandel, Californian Red
  • Appellation: Sonoma, North Coast
  • Winery: Limerick Lane
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • Bottle: 750 ml
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There’s no single definition of what counts as a good fruity wine, but there are several types of wine that are renowned for their rich, fruity flavors.

We’ve chosen, tasted, and reviewed some of the best currently on offer.

Our Best Fruity Wine Reviews and Comparisons

 

1. Reata Versada Zinfandel 2016

Reata Versada Zinfandel 2016

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The Napa Valley is producing less and less Zinfandel these days. So, when you find one, you know that it’s worth trying. Reata Versada Zinfandel 2016 is no exception. 

It perfectly exhibits the unusual blend of flavors that are a signature of the Napa Valley’s Zinfandel grapes. 

Features 

  • Variety: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Californian Red
  • Appellation: Napa Valley, California
  • Winery: Jameson Ranch Vineyards
  • Alcohol: 14.6%
  • Bottle Size: 750 ml 

 

What We Like About Reata Versada Zinfandel 2016

It’s the fruit that drives this wine, providing its most dominant aromas and flavors. Juicy boysenberry and cherry are complemented by warm and peppery spices, and earthy vanilla and oak.  

Reata Versada Zinfandel 2016  is voluminous on the mouth, with well-balanced acidity and lush tannins delivering to a flavorsome long finish. 

Being on the sweeter side like most Zinfandels, it’s a great pairing to drink with barbecues and spicy food.

What We Don’t Like About Reata Versada Zinfandel 2016

Much sweeter than previous years’ harvests, 2016 provides a full force of fruit that some might find overwhelming. 

Yes, it’s luscious and sweet, but it’s perhaps lacking any real meat thereafter. 

PROS

  • A winning combination of berry, cherry, oak, and pepper.
  • Garnet color, cherry aromas with medium acid and low tannin
  • Super smooth yet bold

CONS

  • Lacks the earthiness and tannic reserves that a Zin demands 
  • Maybe over-watered in the process of bringing the new vines to life

2. Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett Riesling 2018

Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett Riesling 2018

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Looking for crisp, sweet, and sunny white for pairing with spicy Asian food, cured meats, or pork? Or perhaps just on its own as a luscious aperitif? Then this 2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett Riesling fits the bill. 

As one of the greatest producers in Germany, this a benchmark for the Mosel varietal. Because the grapes are so scarce, with the total estate just 4.2 hectares, Willi Schaefer’s focus is all on taste, and not the distraction of business expansion.

This Riesling is a blend of two varietals. Domprobst is more mineral and smokier and takes longer to grow than the lighter and more floral Himmelreich.

Features 

  • Variety: Riesling, German White
  • Appellation: Mosel, Western Germany
  • Winery: Willi Schaefer
  • Alcohol: 8%
  • Bottle Size: 750 ml 

 

What We Like About Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett Riesling 2018

There are notes of ripe spring peaches, fresh herbs, and stony minerals on the nose. The feel on the palate is clear, salty, and tangy, while the taste is fresh, crisp, and clean. With good balance and acidity, the aftertaste is evocative and lingering.

The winery’s bottles are sought-after by collectors and other growers, although this is an example that is definitely for drinking now.  

What We Don’t Like About Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett Riesling 2018

For sure you have to be a lover of Riesling to enjoy this pale yellow and surprisingly sweet example. 

Otherwise, you may find the overall experience a little uninteresting because of a lack of balance and length compared to what you’re used to.

PROS

  • A cracker of an example of Kabinett. On the nose so floral and lifted
  • The palate was the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness
  • Fresh as a daisy and just stunning.

CONS

  • The aroma largely blew off after the first few swirls
  • Slightly too sweet

3. Light Horse Pinot Noir 2018

 

Light Horse Pinot Noir 2016

Product Highlights

Pinot Noir isn’t traditionally sweet and is generally lighter-bodied than the average red wine. But these grapes produce a good balance between dryness and sugar, as in this 2016 example from Light Horse stable. 

Light Horse wines from Jameson Ranch Vineyards are a fitting nod to the American West and the horses that helped settle this region of the United States. 

They are classic, easy-drinking, and fruit-forward wines of California varietals for everyday drinking. They offer superior value which complements the foods that you enjoy. And for sure, this 2016 Pinot Noir is included.

Features 

  • Variety: Pinot Noir, Californian Red
  • Appellation: Napa Valley, California
  • Winery: Jameson Ranch Vineyards
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Bottle: 750 ml 

 

What We Like About Light Horse Pinot Noir 2016

With both an aroma and taste of cherry, dark cherry and plums, bright red berries, cinnamon, and other fragrant oak spices. Light Horse Pinot Noir 2016 is immensely enjoyable. Bold, yet still refined and beautiful.

A gold medal winner at the Texsom International Wine Competition, the palate is long and supple with silky tannins and a smooth finish. 

It’s a very pleasing wine. As is the fact that a portion of Jameson Ranch Vineyard’s profits goes towards the good cause of supporting those at risk and with autism. 

What We Don’t Like About Light Horse Pinot Noir 2016

We found it a little too syrupy so that it sat on the palette. 

Also, the smokey taste overpowered the usual tasting notes of Pinot.

PROS

  • Smooth with a great finish
  • Light easy-drinking Pinot
  • A good lunchtime red

CONS

  • Tasted old and sour
  • Very acidic

4. Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018

Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018

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Résonance is highly renowned and acclaimed French winemaker Maison Louis Jadot’s first wine project outside of Burgundy, France, since their founding in 1859. They’ve brought their experience from crafting the world-class Pinot Noirs of Burgundy, France to the Pacific Northwest’s Yamhill-Carlton wine region.

This Pinot Noir is their debut release from the Résonance Vineyard of Willamette Valley. An area renowned for its Pinot Noir grapes, the climatic conditions of 2018 made it an exceptional vintage. With flavors further enhanced by aging for 15 months in French oak.

Features 

  • Variety: Pinot Noir, Pacific North-western Red
  • Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • Winery: Resonance
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Bottle: 750 ml 

 

What We Like About Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018

Flowery jasmine and rose, fruity cherry and berries, and earthy cinnamon and wood combine for a complex nose. While the palate is earthier with tobacco, cocoa, and wild strawberry.

The beautiful ruby red color houses the sweet song between the well-balanced structure, that aromatic complexity, and the lively acidity.

Pair Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018 with rich red meats, cooked with strong-flavored accouterments. It goes delightfully. 

What We Don’t Like About Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018

Lighter than your usual Pinot Noir; it may be too light for some.

They may find it lacking in fruit and acidity.

PROS

  • Plummy, light, fresh, delicious after taste
  • Elegance and harmony describe the palate perfectly
  • A great value Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

CONS

  • Dilute on the palate and completely without notable characteristics 
  • Ok to drink at a large catered event, but disappointing to open it at home

5. FLO Moscato 2016

FLO Moscato 2016

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The Muscato grape is native to Northern Italy, although you can find it worldwide, and produces a sweet, full dessert wine that often carries notes of peach and apricot. This type of wine usually has a low alcohol content compared with other dry wines, sometimes dropping as low as 5.5 percent. This allows for high sugar content, giving the wine its signature flavor. 

FLO (For the Love Of) wines are the project of the jazz pianist Marcus Johnson, who likens them to music in enhancing life’s experiences and reminding us to embrace and enjoy the journey. 

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Features 

  • Variety: Moscato, Californian White
  • Appellation: Napa Valley, California
  • Winery: FLO
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Bottle: 750 ml 

 

What We Like About FLO Moscato 2016

Honeysuckle, melon, and orange blossom tones on the nose give way to the taste of 

apricot and rose petals on the palate.

FLO Moscato 2016 is bright and balanced with fresh aromatics with just the right amount of sweetness.

What We Don’t Like About FLO Moscato 2016

Despite its obvious sweetness, it still manages to be a little tart for a Moscato.

And be a little careful; at 11% the alcohol content is MUCH higher than average. 

PROS

  • Not your normal extra sweet Moscato
  • Sweet but light so that you can enjoy the grape

CONS

  • Can’t compare to Italian Moscatos 

6. Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2019

Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2019

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Moscato d’Asti is an indigenous aromatic wine with lime, orange, and peach and notes. Saracco winery is known as the reference-point producer for Moscato d’Asti in Piedmont. 

And you can see why with this sweet white with a little frizzante. 

It’s a lovely after-dinner drink on its own or paired with fruity, creamy, or chocolatey desserts.

Features 

  • Variety: Moscato Bianco, Italian Sparkling White
  • Appellation: Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont
  • Winery: Saracco
  • Alcohol: 6%
  • Bottle: 750 ml 

 

What We Like About Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2019

The gentle sparkles contained within the greenish straw yellow color, are home to aromas of orange blossom, peach, and thyme.

Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2019 has a slow fermentation process that brings about its fruity palate of fresh apples and pears, citrus lemons and limes, and earthy stone and minerals.

This makes for an elegant and intense drink, well balanced with acidity and a lingering finish. 

What We Don’t Like About Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2019

As you’d expect from such a notable Moscato d’Asti producer, it’s not for the novice or faint-of-heart dessert wine drinker. 

You need to know what to expect and so, what you’re getting into. It’s that sweet!

PROS

  • One of the best Moscato d’Asti
  • Light, sweet, bubbly, and fruity. Perfect!
  • Just the right amount of bubbles and hints of fruits

CONS

  • Ok in limited amounts
  • So incredibly sweet!

7. Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2016

Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2016

Product Highlights

Zinfandel is a popular wine from California that benefits greatly from the state’s hot climate. The Californian weather ensures that the grapes are ripe enough to be on the verge of bursting, giving a rich blend of jammy, berry, plum, cranberry, licorice, and spicy flavors.

Many of the very best Zinfandels are only easily available within the state. This 2016 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel is definitely one of those.

Features 

  • Variety: Zinfandel, Californian Red
  • Appellation: Sonoma, North Coast
  • Winery: Limerick Lane
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • Bottle: 750 ml 

 

What We Like About Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2016

The winery’s Russian River Valley vineyards have an extremely small output. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of the less than 1000 bottles that were produced, you’ll find a Zinfandel bursting with the thick and powerful fruit that the vineyards are known for.

It’s a gorgeous, multi-faceted wine. Dark and intense, yet also delivering finesse. 

This wine is an incredible example for the money, it offers amazing value. It should be put away in your cabinet or cellar until at least 2022, to achieve its prime drinking window. Then enjoy with steak, duck, lamb, or best, sticky barbecued baby back ribs.

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What We Don’t Like About Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2016

If you’re more used to Sonoma’s Cabernet, then you’ll find this Zinfandel to be disappointingly tart and spicy. 

Also, one dimensional and with a thin mouthfeel in comparison.

PROS

  • Dark fruit, licorice, and a lingering flavor
  • The moment the bottle opens the aroma invades the senses
  • Amazing with ribeyes

CONS

  • Way too spicy even for a Zinfandel
  • Good but not great

FINAL VERDICT 

Fruity wines have long been considered the go-to for new and inexperienced wine drinkers. As such, they’ve been much under-appreciated.

Just as with dry wines, there are many varietals to discover and experience. Pair them with the right food, and/or on the right occasion, and they’re just as complex and rewarding.

For this reason, it’s very difficult to reach a final verdict as to which is best, but in our opinion Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett Riesling 2018 just shades it. Of course, that’s just our opinion, and we hope that you’ll make note of all of our comments, reviews, and recommendations to try for yourselves.

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