Friday, January 1, 2010

*** $$ Tree of Life Royal Pomegranate Semi-Sweet Wine, Armenia - Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background: Tree of Life Royal Pomegranate Semi-Sweet Wine is made in Armenia from a new pomegranate variety - harvested at full ripeness - using a traditional technique that is said to preserve its taste. The semi-sweet version of the wine comes in at 12% alcohol.  You could legitimately argue whether or not this should be called "wine" - not being made of grapes - but I will focus on the experience of it rather than the lexicography.

In the glass:
Royal Pomegranate Semi-Sweet Wine shows as muddy mid-red in the glass.

On the nose:
Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously, the wine smells of fruity, red, laundered berries - seeming more red currant than pomegranate; but then I haven't tucked my nose into pomegranates intentionally.

On the palate:
The first elements on the palate are a combination of light sugars and acids; they seem to hit as separable elements, not particularly integrated.  Pomegranate-flavor acids crawl up and tickle the top of your palate, lending definite credence to the source of the fruit for this wine.  

And the finish:
Sweet acids wrap up the experience, fairly quick, but finishing clean.

In summary:
Overall, this creates a pleasant, acidic, tangy fruit-juice experience overall.  Because I particularly enjoyed it for what it was, I'll allow three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  But it's definitely a matter of taste.  Think of this almost as much as a premixed "screwdriver with grenadine" as a wine. 

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