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Black Cherry - Cabernet or Syrah

Blackberry - Cahors, Madiran, Malbec, Zinfandel, mourvédre

Blackcurrant/Cassis - Cabernet Sauvignon, Claret/meritage, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah

Cherry, tart - Cool climate Pinot Noir, Barbera

Cranberry - Côte de Beaune reds, Beaujolais

Grape - Cheap German wines, Muscat

Raspberry - Pinot Noir, Gamay, Grenache

Strawberry - Warm climate Pinot Noir, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Rioja, Loire Cabernet


Lemon/lime - many whites, Australian Sémillon and Riesling, German Riesling

Grapefruit - Gewürztraminer, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Jurançon Sec

Gooseberry - Sauvignon Blanc

Orange - Many sweet or fortified wines


Dried Fruit - Amarone, sweet and fortified wines

Raisin - Sweet and fortified wines

Other Dried or Cooked Fruits - Baked cherry, baked blackberry, baked raspberry, jam, prunes baked apple, baked pear, candied fruits

Tree Fruit

Apple - Many whites. Chardonnay from cooler climates, lighter wines, German Riesling

Apricot - Aromatic wines including Viognier and Riesling, Loire whites; botrytized sweet wines (often dried apricot) like Bonnezeaux and Sauternes

Peach - Viognier, Riesling, Muscat, ripe Sauvignon Blanc, botrytized wines

Pear - many whites, especially young and light bodied, a sign of carbonic maceration


Banana - Young Alsace Gewürztraminer, inexpensive, and/or New World wines

Coconut - Good old Champagne, New World Chardonnay

Lychee - Gewürztraminer

Pineapple - Ripe New World Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, botrytized wines

Other Fruits

Fig - Characteristic of potential complexity in young Chardonnay

Jam - New World Merlot, Syrah

Melon - New World Chardonnay, dry rosé wines

Tomato - Sylvaner, Cabernet Sauvignon

Pomegranate - New World Syrah

Quince - Chenin Blanc