Have you ever secretly thought that wine wasn’t your thing because of its musty taste and the weird aftertaste it leaves on your tongue? Be honest. Have you ever uncorked a bottle of Bordeaux, took a sip, and wondered whether it really is worth the name? We all have resentful wine tasting stories which could potentially fill a library of thoughts.
However, we all have our middle grounds of Rosé and Port wines that elicit a fair compromise between good and sweet wines. All of this must have made you wonder- what if we didn’t need to compromise? What if well-made sweet wines really existed?! Well, say no more, dear reader, for we have a whole list of them, all set up for your inquisitive tongue and sweet tooth.
Red Wine-The Grape Juice Ferment
It is quite evident why red wines are the wines we point our attention towards. They originate in a fruit, namely, grape, and are therefore our primary candidates for looking into a fruity taste.
Concord is made out of (you guessed it!) concord grapes. It has been reported to have a slight grape-soda-like taste. Since concord grapes are lacking in sugar content, the addition of sugar is essential to its making, giving it a thick texture and a syrupy, sweet taste. They even smell like old fur coats, thus maintaining the musty flavor that wine purists expect of good red wine.
This is an Italian wine said to be grown in areas like Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna in the central provinces. Apparently, history points towards its cultivation by Etruscans. These are sparkling and frothy, giving them a unique texture. They are to be consumed young and may possess rose flavoring. How is the Lambrusco so sweet? It’s either done using fermentation or by adding concentrated grape must.
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The flavoring of the Moscato is along the lines of orange and peach. Some possess sweet Meyer lemon, honeysuckle, and ripe pear aromas. The floral aroma is attributed to the compound called linalool present in it. The compound is also found in cinnamon, mint and citrus flowers. It has a pretty interesting nomenclature. The name originates from the Italian name for Muscat Blanc, globally one of the oldest wine grapes. It is light (unlike the concord) and yet sweet with a frizzy texture and low alcohol content (5.5%ABV) compared to other wines (13%ABV).
Manischewitz is the much-famed bar mitzvah wine. Its production is supervised by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Labrusca grapes are the source for this wine which gives it an unusual aroma. Its sweetness originates from the use of large amounts of residual sugar. It is widely used in Passover celebrations.
Most of us have heard of and/or tasted this one. These are made from Pinot Noir grapes and mean (Pine- Black). These grapes aggregate while growing and look like pine cones, hence the name. They require a cool climate for ideal growth. They have a red-fruit (strawberry, raspberry, etc.) flavor when they are young and acquire a more barnyard-like aroma over time. Pinot Noir is such a romantic wine, drinking it is often described as similar to falling in love.
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This is a very delicate wine because it is easily oxidized. Despite being fruity in flavor, it acquires a tart or leather flavor over time which deems it a pretty good kind of wine. It is to be stored with minimal disturbance and to be made with slow fermentation to ensure the persistence of the fruity flavor. The Grenache grape is berry flavored and spicy. The Grenache wine has a high alcohol content despite the slow fermentation.
Merlot is a wine that is quite widespread for a wine that has such refined flavor. It tastes like plum and traces of chocolate. The best Merlot you can hope to taste is the famous Bordeaux Merlot. The Bordeaux Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are blended to produce the world-renowned Bordeaux blend. Have a bottle of Merlot at home? Check out “How Long is Wine Good for After You Open It?” to see if that bottle is still good to drink.
This is an Italian red wine and its nomenclature originates from the phrase “sanguis jovis” or blood of Jupiter. While young, it has a spicy strawberry flavor, whereas as it ages, it acquires a tarry, oaky flavor. Some flavors that are tangential to the Sangiovese are— sour red cherries, earthy aromas, and tea leaf notes.
Nebbiolo is an Italian red wine. Its name comes from the word “nebbia” meaning fog. The harvest occurs in the midst of a foggy atmosphere, hence the name. With age, the wine experiences discoloration and turns brick orange at the rim of the glass. Post maturity, Nebbiolo reveals flavors like tar, violets, cherries, wild herbs, raspberries, prunes, tobacco, and truffles. It is an extremely tannic and bold red wine. It differs wildly based on where it is grown and is, therefore, a geographical taste representative. Its aroma is along the lines of red-fruit and rose. However as we ingest it, we get a more leathery flavor due to the tannins present.
Just as lipsticks need to be chosen with careful consideration of what suits your face, wines need to be had while paying attention toward the preferences of your tongue. The more you experiment with various wines with different fruity flavors, the more you realize what your tastebuds seek.
Moreover, it also gives you an idea of how to ascertain as well as appreciate the more subtle undertones such as tannins, oak, wood, earth, etc. We encourage you now to venture out into the world of tasty, fruity wines and to discover what your tongue seeks!
Let us know down in the comments if you prefer a more sweet wine or a dry one. Be sure to also check out other content helpful to make that decision like “What is dry wine?“, “How Many Calories in a Bottle of White Wine“, or even “Best Wine for Beginners“.
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