By Kori ~ July 10th, 2008.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is fruit.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
To a viticulturist, fruit is a synonym for grapeâ€¦. To an oenologist or wine taster, fruit is a perceptible element essential to a young wine. Young wines should taste fruity, although not necessarily of grapes, or any particular grape variety. Fruit driven is a tasting term used to convey the fact that a wine has a dominance of grape-derived fruit flavor.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
As you can see from the definition above, when someone uses the word â€œfruitâ€ in reference to a wine, it can mean a variety of things. For the purposes of a wine consumer, â€œfruitâ€ is most often used to describe wine flavors as in, â€œThis wine has a lot of fruitâ€ or â€œThis wine is very fruit-forward.â€ Depending on the varietal, wines can have a number of different â€œfruitâ€ flavors such as blackcurrants, blackberries, raspberries, apples, citrus, and so on.
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