About Fruit Wines

We have extolled the virtues of traditionally made American fruit wines for some years now; the category is full of well made and downright excellent wines. Perhaps most surprising is the fact that some of the best wines are actually made in dry table styles. These are often at their best with food. 'It's really exciting to match these wines with food,' said Maine blueberry winemaker Bob Bartlett, 'because there's no history, no precedent.' He suggests serving blueberry wine with Italian dishes or grilled lamb, and pear wine with smoked fish. A tasty thought indeed.
Top Picks for Fruit
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One Nation
NV WHITE American
Brilliant pale straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fresh peach cobbler, tangerine sorbet, and honeysuckle with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, complex, caramel apple and vanilla finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A wonderfully pure, rich and expressive fruit wine that will triumph with desserts.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219161
Moncigale
NV Fruits & Wine Rosé and Cherry Fruit Wine France
Brilliant dark pink coral color. Complex, fruity aromas of fragrant berries, summer potpourri with eucalyptus and bergamot, sweet pea, and juicy melon with a silky, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a stimulating, medium-length cassis, blueberry pie, berry jam, and rooibos tea finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. The intense bouquet on the nose of this wine makes this a bottle to show and tell with friends.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216037
The Winery at Marjim Manor
NV "Sophia's Sunrise" Niagara Country
Bright ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried Montmorency cherry and marzipan cookie with a round, tart, fruity sweet body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long cherry-pomegranate relish, pickled cranberries and melon rind, nutskin, and earth and jasmine tea finish with no oak. A delicious, pure and tangy cherry wine with surprising complexity and nuance.
92 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215986
One Nation
NV PINK American
Bright topaz color. Candied aromas and flavors of strawberry fruit roll up, apple tart, and peach and apple jolly rancher yogurt with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length watermelon sorbet finish with no oak. A boldly fruity, dessert wine that is not too sweet and will work well with desserts
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216541
Jersey Peach
NV Peach Wine American
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity, citrusy, creamy aromas of ripe nectarines - peaches, soft citric back note, and cream with a round, lively, fruity sweet medium-full body and a sleek, delightful, carefree finish with fruit tannins and no oak. This is a real easy trumpet note.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217246
Anthony Lee’s
NV Raspberry Wine Maine
Brown brick red color. Fruity, fresh aromas and flavors of raspberry and honey with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, herbs, smoked nuts, and minerals finish. A tangy, lively raspberry wine with a pure, layered flavors.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216542
Jersey Apple
NV Apple Wine American
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity, citrusy aromas and flavors of spiced Bartlett pear, pectin, and lemon pith with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Nice purity of fruit here.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216024
Amber Falls Winery
2015 "The People's Choice" Blackberry
Bright brick red color. Fruity aromas of ripe raspberries, raspberry syrup, dried canvas, and dried twigs with a slightly chewy, tart, fruity medium-full body and an effortless, interesting, breezy finish with cottony tannins.
89 points $15.53 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Paradise Hills Vineyard
NV Temptation Apple Wine Connecticut
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spicy poached and dried apples and honeycomb with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length hint of citrus and straw finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A crisp and refreshing apple wine that is not to sweet and drinks a bit like a sauvignon blanc-riesling blend.
88 points $15.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216902
Hillside Winery
NV Blackberry Wine American
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized spiced berries, chestnut honey, chocolate, and earth with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length blackberry preserves, nougat, and peppery spices finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A round and flavorful berry wine with a lot of versatility.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab