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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What does "black fruit" mean in a tasting note? And how does it differ from "red fruit"?
—Dominic, Murcia, Spain
"Black fruit" is a broad term that includes black currant, blackberry, black cherry, huckleberry, plum and any other black-skinned fruits that you can think of. And "red fruit" is the catchall term for raspberries, strawberries and currants and the like. Sometimes wine terms can be very specific, and sometimes they can be more inclusive like these examples.
In general (but with many exceptions), grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah yield wines with "black fruit" flavors, while grapes such as Grenache and Gamay yield wines with more "red fruit" flavors.
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