Bubblepom Sparkling Pomegranate Wine – Rimon Winery (Israel)

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  • My Rating: B+

Bubblepom Sparkling Pomegranate Wine 2008 – Rimon Winery, 14.8% ABV – 750ml, (Israel)

on the back label:

“This rich and elegant sparkling wine has aromas of cherry, blackberry and strawberry, in a uniquely refreshing style. This sparkling wine is made with Shermet unique technique. Exclusively MADE FROM POMEGRANATE. Excellent on its own, a superb aperitif.”

on the attached mini-pamphlet:

“Rimon winery is the WORLD’S FIRST PRODUCER OF WINE MADE EXCLUSIVELY FROM 100% POMEGRANATE – without added sugar. Located in the heart of the Galilee Mountain of Israel. Rimon wines are more than the product of orchards and wine barrels, they speak of the traditions and the heart and soul of the Nachmias family.”

  • Style: (100% pomegranate) Sparkling Fruit Wine
  • Taste Profile: fizzy alcohol -> rich pomegranate/cherry/cassis -> tart/warmth/blackberry/semi-sweet rough finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (EDM)
  • How much: $38 (after 10% off), June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to the curious: yes

Visual: A super convenient resealable push-button cap; in fact this is the first time I’ve ever come across such packaging (A+), and it works! Informative mini pamphlet included as well. Pours light ruby red (lighter colour than pomegranate juice) with a small dissipating head, and clusters of very fast CO2 activity.

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Nose: Half sweet-half tart pomegranate juice on the nose. (9/10-aromatic strength)

Attack: big fizzy bubbles, quick alcohol hit

Mid-palate: (MAIN) pomegranate, (HINT) cherry, cassis, partially cloying dense 8/10-sweetness

Finish: med tartness, alcohol warmth, (HINT) blackberry, light rough semi-sweet finish.

Summary: The pomegranate fruit flavour is exceptionally rich and authentic. Very easy-drinking, stealthily potent at 14.8% ABV + CO2, and complex enough to keep you sipping after your first glass. Unique and recommended.

Here’s a youtube video about their winery in Hebrew (I think):