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January 2013 - 2012 World Saké Challenge

January 2013 - 2012 World Saké Challenge
This month's Wine feature is 2012 World Saké Challenge Wines

2012 World Saké Challenge Reviews

Muromachi Shuzo 2012 Sakura-Muromachi Kiwami-Daiginjo "Muromachi Jidai" Sake
96 points
$120
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.
Eikun  "Water Lords" Junmai Ginjo Shu
94 points
$36
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.
Watanabe Sake Brewing Co. 2011 "Horai Chougin-Shizuku" Daiginjo Sake
94 points
$70
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.
Watanabe Sake Brewing Co. 2011 "Horai Gokui-Den" Daiginjo Sake
94 points
$70
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.
Okunomatsu  Junmai Daiginjo Premium Sparkling Sake
93 points
$100
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.
Miyazaki Honten 2011 Junmai Daiginjo "Nyukon Miyanoyuki" Sake
93 points
$110
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.
Okunomatsu  Tokubetsu Junmai Sake
92 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Muromachi Shuzo 2012 Ginjo Sakura-Muromachi Namachozoshu Sake
92 points
$40
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.
Okunomatsu 2010 "Shizukuzake Juhachidai Ihei" Daiginjo Sake
92 points
$150
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.
Okunomatsu  Ginjo Sake
91 points
$20
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.
Okunomatsu  Sakura Daiginjo Sake
91 points
$30
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.
Gassan  "Mountain Moon" Junmai Ginjo
91 points
$36.95
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
Okunomatsu  Zenmai Ginjo "G2" Sake
89 points
$25
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.
Miyazaki Honten 2011 Junmai "Kissui Miyanoyuki" Sake
88 points
$10
Best Buy
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
Okunomatsu  Junmai Daiginjo Sparkling Sake
88 points
$10
Best Buy
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
Miyazaki Honten 2011 Junmai Ginjo "Miyanoyuki" Sake
88 points
$30
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.
Watanabe Sake Brewing Co. 2011 "Irootoko" Junmai Daiginjo Sake
87 points
$50
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.
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