Full Review

Tomasello

Tomasello
NV Blackberry Wine, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Sweet Fruit Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10.5% RS: 6%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12.95
Best Buy

Tomasello
NV Blackberry Wine, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Sweet Fruit Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10.5% RS: 6%
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of tamarind, ripe strawberry, raspberry syrup, pineapple confection, spiced grapefruit, and passionfruit with a racy, very sweet medium-to-full body and an effortless, intricate, long honeycomb, lychee, and bing cherry finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins. A serious fruit wine with excellent complexity and depth; a superior after-dinner choice.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: tamarind, ripe strawberry, raspberry syrup, pineapple confection, spiced grapefruit, and passionfruit
Taste Flavor: honeycomb, lychee, and bing cherry
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A serious fruit wine with excellent complexity and depth; a superior after-dinner choice.

The Producer

Tomasello Winery

The Producer
P.O. Box 440
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-561-0567

Their Portfolio

89 Palmaris 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $40.00.
93 Palmaris 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
92 Palmaris 2017 Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $28.95.
86 Palmaris 2014 Reserve, Petit Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $30.95.
90 Palmaris 2017 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $28.00.
94 Palmaris 2018 Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $23.00.
86 Palmaris 2016 Reserve, Petite Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $30.00.
BR Palmaris 2019 Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 11.7% (USA) $23.00. - Bronze Medal
94 Palmaris 2018 Reserve Estate, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $22.00.
94 Palmaris 2015 Reserve Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Palmaris 2016 Reserve Estate, Petit Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $30.00.
85 Tomasello 2018 Aromella, Outer Coastal Plain 11.3% (USA) $15.95.
89 Tomasello 2017 Estate, Blaufrankisch, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $18.95.
88 Tomasello NV White Moscato with Peach Wine, American 6.8% (USA) $13.95.
92 Tomasello 2017 Estate, Syrah, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $18.95.
90 Tomasello 2017 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $18.95.
95 Tomasello NV Blackberry Wine, New Jersey 10.5% (USA) $12.95.
BR Tomasello 2021 Reserve Estate Vintage Port, Outer Coastal Plain 18% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Tomasello NV Blueberry Forté, Atlantic County 18% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Tomasello 2020 Reserve Estate, Sangiovese, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $19.00.
89 Tomasello 2020 Reserve Estate, Syrah, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
88 Tomasello 2021 Rkatsiteli, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $18.00.
89 Tomasello 2020 Epilogue Ice Wine, Riesling, Outer Coastal Plain 10.7% (USA) $35.00.

Sweet Fruit Wine

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Serve in a Copita
Fruit wines have been produced in America for hundreds of years. While these are not products that receive much in the way of critical acclaim, they do represent a sense of pride from dozens, perhaps hundreds of vintners in the country.

Name a fruit and chances are it is made into a wine, be it apple, peach, blueberry or even pomegranate. Most of these are medium-sweet or even sweeter; generally these are not products that have acidity levels similar to most table wines.

These sweet fruit wines offer flavors that are derived from the fruit they are made from; pair these with mild cheeses, fresh fruit or sweet desserts.

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.