January 2013 - 2012 World Saké Challenge

This month's Wine feature is 2012 World Saké Challenge Wines
2012 World Saké Challenge Reviews
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Muromachi Shuzo
2012 Sakura-Muromachi Kiwami-Daiginjo "Muromachi Jidai" Sake
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of Asian pear, anise, overripe pineapple, and spicy fruit cocktail with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a vibrant peach gelato, vanilla cola, pepper and radish finish. A bold commanding sake.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200768
Eikun
"Water Lords" Junmai Ginjo Shu
Aromas of macadamia oatmeal cookie, spicy zucchini bread, and vanilla cream with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a layered, banana custard, jicama, salted whole nut, apple, and radish nuanced finish. A Wonderfully vibrant and flavorful sake.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199396
Watanabe Sake Brewing Co.
2011 "Horai Chougin-Shizuku" Daiginjo Sake
Aromas of vanilla cola, nut brittle, and marinated peppers and mushroom with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy, sweet cream, coconut meat, radish, pepper and mineral finish. Nice combination of sweet and savory elements.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199397
Watanabe Sake Brewing Co.
2011 "Horai Gokui-Den" Daiginjo Sake
Lively aromas and flavors of creamy nougat and pear skin with a zesty fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chewy sweet potato, fennel bulb, vanilla yogurt nut, paprika, radish and grassy earth accented finish. Tasty and very food friendly with white wine (rousanne) like structure and tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199394
Okunomatsu
Junmai Daiginjo Premium Sparkling Sake
Slightly hazy nickel color with a pale straw cast. Aromas of nougat, creamy banana bread pudding and pear skin with a plush, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long,layered finish of fall fruits, jicama, and minerals. Very stylish and reminiscent of Franciacorta. A benchmark for sparkling sake.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199388
Miyazaki Honten
2011 Junmai Daiginjo "Nyukon Miyanoyuki" Sake
Aromas of coconut flan and yeasty peach pastry with fruity, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a coconut water, vanilla, cashew brittle, sweet potato, grass and mineral accented finish. Elegant and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199390
Okunomatsu
Tokubetsu Junmai Sake
Pale nickel with a straw color cast. Aromas and flavors of Asian pear, marinated cucumber, and peppercorn with a silky dryish medium body and a touch of anise, coconut water, radish sprouts, and root vegetable on the elegant, mouthwatering finish. A great sake for the table.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199385
Muromachi Shuzo
2012 Ginjo Sakura-Muromachi Namachozoshu Sake
Intriguing aromas of yuzu citrus, honeydew, rain water, pine needle, and ironed linen with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lingering anise, pear, almond and sweet cream driven finish. A delicious and satisfying gingo that will also appeal to fans of pinot grigio.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199389
Okunomatsu
2010 "Shizukuzake Juhachidai Ihei" Daiginjo Sake
Aromas of creamy nougat, meringue, pink pepper, and potato skin with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a slick coconut water, vanilla cream, anise, brown spice, and melon finish. A delicious and artfully balanced sake for sipping or the finest blue fin sushi.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199391
Okunomatsu
Ginjo Sake
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple, delicate spices, nettles, and floral pineapple and plum with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely nuanced dance of savory jicama and bamboo shoot with sweet cream, mint and nougat. Very tasty and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199393
Okunomatsu
Sakura Daiginjo Sake
Clear color. Delightful aromas of rain water, kaffir leaves, honeydew, and cashew gelato with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pure, fine etched finish with notes of root vegetable, corn, plantain, anise cookie, and water chestnut. Solid.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Gassan
"Mountain Moon" Junmai Ginjo
Woodsy honeycomb, nutshell, and mushroom patch aromas with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a delicate savory mushroom stock, chestnut, and golden beet driven finish. A fine choice for tempura.
91 points $36.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199392
Okunomatsu
Zenmai Ginjo "G2" Sake
Bright silver color with minute straw cast. Aromas of cream, spiced apple, and mint water with a buoyant fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty melon, citrus and nut brittle accented finish. A nice, lively choice for sipping or the table with spicy maki.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Miyazaki Honten
2011 Junmai "Kissui Miyanoyuki" Sake
Bright nickel color. Aromas of roasted zucchini, bran, and toasted nut with a satiny dryish medium body and a touch of savory cream, coconut meat, and sautéed mushroom on the balanced finish. A nice savory sake for tempura.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199395
Okunomatsu
Junmai Daiginjo Sparkling Sake
Pale silver straw color cast. Aromas of spiced apple and pear and bread pudding with a crisp, lightly effervescent fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, fruit cocktail, citrus and pepper accented finish. A charming, fruity, almost prosecco-like aperitif.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199387
Miyazaki Honten
2011 Junmai Ginjo "Miyanoyuki" Sake
Aroma of toasted almond, tapioca, dusty pear, flint, and linen with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely lively interplay of fruity, mushroom, vanilla nut and peppery radish notes on the finish. Will be great with tempura and chicken teriyaki.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Watanabe Sake Brewing Co.
2011 "Irootoko" Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Aromas of vanilla and banana salt water taffies with a supple fruity medium body and a lively apple, spiced pineapple upside down cake, bamboo shoot, and mineral finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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