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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I am a novice oenophile and have been hearing the term "fruit forward" over and over again. What does the term mean?
—Len, Mahwah, N.J.
A "fruit-forward" wine shows dominant fruit flavors, usually indicating a ripeness and richness to the fruit notes. This can be either a positive or a negative term; a wine can have prominent fruit flavors and still be balanced, but sometimes the term is used to indicate a wine that's out of balance and lacking complexity. You'll have to judge by the context.