About Junmai Ginjo Sake

About Junmai Ginjo Sake
A junmai ginjo sake is a very particular type of sake. Junmai refers to a sake that is a pure rice wine, one that does not have any distilled alcohol added. Ginjo refers to the fact that at least 40% of the rice polished away during the brewing process. This process for a ginjo sake is done at lower temperatures, which takes longer, but produces a sake that is light and fragrant with greater complexity.

A junmai ginjo sake is considered a "super premium" sake, which represents less than 10% of all sake. Along with traditional foods paired with sake, such as sushi or Asian cuisine, a junmai ginko sake also marries well with roast turkey or even leg of lamb.

Top Picks for Junmai Ginjo Sake

Joto  Junmai Ginjo Sake
94 points
$26.99
Brilliant silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of rye, violet, melons, red apple, and toasted sesame with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long anisette biscotti, taro dessert, tapioca, and ginger powder finish. A silky-smooth, starchy Junmai Ginjo that will be excellent with pate.
94 points $26.99
Joto  Junmai Ginjo Sake
93 points
$22.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi relish, strawberries in creme, and chevre with a satiny, lively, light body and a seamless, involved, medium-long finish that presents accents of chamomile, toasty crouton, and shitake finish. A vibrant and cheerful sake with the appeal of French Champagne; fruity, somewhat toasty, with mouthwatering acidity; cheers to your great taste.
93 points $22.99
Yamanashi Meijo  Shichiken Junmai Ginjo Sake
93 points
$35
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of star anise, spearmint, starfruit, and tarragon with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish that shows overtones of strawberry dust, aloe, and salt finish. An elegant Junmai Ginjo with delicate fruits and an exceptional mouthfeel; divine.
Yuki No Bosha  Junmai Gingo Sake
92 points
$31.99
Clear color. Aromas of strawberry leaf, rambutan, cherry, star anise, and lilac with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a refreshing, medium-long toffee, apple, ginger and shortbread finish. An elegant, silky and fruity Junmai for fine seafood and sashimi.
92 points $31.99
Shichiken  Junmai Ginjo Sake
92 points
$35
White gold color. Aromas of mixed melon salad, woodruff, sarsaparilla, and slate with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long avocado and fresh daikon finish. A bright, off-dry sake with flavors that display a great balance of fruit and spice.
Yuki No Bosha  Junmai Gingo Sake
92 points
$31.99
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple chunks in a cedar cowl, fruitcake, pink peppercorn on key lime, and guava herb tea with a silky, crisp, fruity full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish imparting accents of pineapple kefir, spiced melon, and pepper finish. A bright, tropical junmai bursting with flavor.
92 points $31.99
Hananomai  Katana Ginjo Sake
90 points
$38
Clear white gold color. Umami aromas and flavors of ghee, tamari, pearled barley, and honey-orange candies with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, very long finish that presents notes of underripe melon, peppercorns, lychee, broth, and black tea finish. A concentrated, umami-forward Junmai Ginjo that will enhance a variety of meals.
Hananomai  Katana Extra Dry Junmai Ginjo Sake
88 points
$25
Silvery straw color. Aromas of peach-mango, turkish delight, honey, hint of licorice, and dried leaves with a soft, lively, thin body and a tingling, medium-length lemon spritz, jicama, rye cracker, and slate finish. A restrained sake with nice food affinity.
Maboroshi  Junmai Gingo Sake
86 points
$33.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of white pepper and mesquite dust, haricot verte with tarragon, melon balls in coconut milk, and tapioca pudding with bananas with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long finish displaying suggestions of fresh fruit salad, quince and cherry relish, radish, and birch bark water finish. A juicy,fruit-driven sake with a crowd-pleasing style that will appeal to white wine drinkers.
86 points $33.99
Yomi  Junmai Ginjo
85 points
$5
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of green apple and green mango with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy linen, kumquat, flint, and aloe finish. A mild and refreshing sake for delicate pairings.
85 points $5 Best Buy