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Reviews for 2014

July 2014 - 2014 World Saké Challenge

July 2014 - 2014 World Saké Challenge
This month's Wine feature is 2014 World Saké Challenge Wines

2014 World Saké Challenge Reviews

Ninki-Ichi  Daiginjo Sake
94 points
$148
Clear with a pale nickel straw cast. Aromas of Asian pear, cream, cashew nougat, and water chestnut with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a honeydew sorbet, radish, bamboo, and peppered nut finish. A robust interplay of fruit and savory notes make this a great choice for sipping or the table.
Hatsumago  "Shozui" Junmai Daiginjo Sake
93 points
$45
Very pale golden silver color. Attractive aromas of fennel, coconut milk, pineapple husk, and melon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a cashew nougat, vanilla cream, and delicate spice finish. A delicious and stylish sake for all occasions.
Okunomatsu  Daiginjo Shizukuzake "Juhachidai Ihei" Sake
93 points
$120
Clear color with a nickel cast. Vibrant aromas and flavors of pineapple, honeycomb, and Asian pear with a fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy coconut water, pepper, and radish finish. A vibrant, zesty, fruity driven sake.
Yaegaki  "MU" Junmai Daiginjo Sake
92 points
$27
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of roasted nuts and peaches and spiced apples with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a pear custard, praline, citrus, and delicate peppery radish finish. A lively and flavorful sake that will pair well with spicy foods.
Horan  "Morning Frost" Junmai Nigori
92 points
$32
Creamy bone white color. Mild aromas of coconut cream and apple bread with a supple and chunky, fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed pineapple, radish, and banana custard accented finish. A nicely balanced dessert sake.
Kurosawa  Nigori Sake
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Creamy marble color. Bold aromas of honeycomb, praline, and macadamia gelato with a supple, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a zesty tropical citrus and pear cider accented finish. Very tasty and a great choice for sipping or cocktails.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Mizbasho  Ginjo Sake
91 points
$25
Pale silver straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced pear and pineapple, cream, chive, and nougat with a silky fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and zesty citrus accented finish. A fun, flavorful sake that will go well with spicy maki.
Mizbasho  Junmai Daiginjo Sake
91 points
$29
Very pale silvery straw color. Aromas of nut brittle, meringue, and dried banana and pineapple with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty honeydew, spiced apple, cream, and radish finish. A flavor packed sake that will be a crowd pleaser.
Ninki-Ichi  "Black" Junmai Ginjo Sake
91 points
$29
Very pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, dried pineapple, and honeyed nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lively citrus, nutskin, vanilla, and pepper accented finish. Nice vibrancy for the table.
Horan Shuzo  "Big Hawk" Junmai Ginjo Shu
91 points
$36
Clear with a platinum blue cast. Aromas of coconut milk, melon, pear and rice pudding with a with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla, apple, and pepper accented finish. A robust and lively sake that will sing with spicy Asian cuisine.
Kenbishi  Mizuho Junmai Sake
91 points
$38
Pale straw yellow color. Aromas of soy, marinated mushroom and nougat with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a zesty coconut, apple, radish and pepper finish. A zesty sake for the table.
Kawacho  Junmai Ginjo Sake
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Clear with a pale nickel straw cast. Aromas of pineapple yogurt and rice cake with a silky, dryish medium body and a melon, cream, bamboo and sea salt accented finish. A solid sipper or table sake.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Hananomai  Junmai Ginjo Sake
90 points
$19
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of coconut cake, nut, and papaya yogurt with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, apple, radish, lime, and nougat finish. Tasty and sure to please.
Kurosawa  Junmai Kimoto Sake
90 points
$19
Pale straw color. Aromas of almond, whipped cream, bamboo shoot, and quince with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a pear, mineral, and peppery radish accented finish. A rock solid sake for all occasions.
Kenshin  Junmai Sake
90 points
$20
Very pale silver straw color. Aromas of spicy poached pears, ground nuts, and pineapple gelato with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a melon, pepper, and cream finish. Robust and nicely balanced fruit.
Shichiken  Junmai Ginjo Sake
90 points
$25
Clear color with a nickel gray cast. Aromas of almond nougat, melon, and green banana with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and creamy coconut milk, mango, apple, and radish finish. Great delicacy and poise for sipping or fine sushi.
Hatsumago  Kimoto Junmai Sake
89 points
$19
Clear with a platinum cast. Aromas and flavors of nougat, radish, melon and cream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a bamboo shoot, mineral and pepper accented finish. A clean and savory sake that will be very versatile.
Okunomatsu  Tokubetsu Junmai Sake
89 points
$20
Clear color with a nickel cast. Aromas and flavors of peppered melon, pineapple and white mushroom with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a fleur de sal, jicama, and golden beet accented finish. A nice savory sake that will go well with chicken teriyaki.
Hananomai  Junmai Daiginjo
89 points
$38
Clear with a platinum cast. Aromas of pineapple yogurt, sourdough, rice pudding and papaya with a dry light body and a mushroom, nutskin, pear, and turnip greens finish.
Kurosawa  Daiginjo Premium Reserve Sake
89 points
$45
Very pale silvery straw color. Aromas of spiced pear and custard with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pineapple, banana, and coconut water finish. An elegant, well balanced sake that will be ideal for sashimi.
Kigen  Junmai Sake
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Rich fino sherry-like aromas of vanilla nut brittle, sautéed mushroom and almond, and tamari with a silky, dryish medium body and a cream, turnip, and golden beet accented finish. An appetizing sake for sipping or the table.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Okunomatsu  Ginjo Sake
88 points
$23
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of Asian pear and custard with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spiced apple, horchata and nut accented finish.
Kenbishi  Kuromatsu Honjozo Sake
88 points
$35
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of pear, honey toasted nut, rutabaga and puffed rice with a silky, dryish medium body and a vanilla cream and marinated mushroom accented finish. A solid appetizing sake; pair with tempura.
Ninki-Ichi  "Gold" Junmai Daiginjo Sake
87 points
$35
Pale silver straw color. Mild aromas of bamboo and melon rind with a soft, dryish medium body and a dried banana, turnip, parsnip, and rice paper accented finish. A delicate, understated sake for sipping.
Yaegaki  Draft Sake
86 points
$5
Best Buy
Clear with a nickel cast. Aromas of apple, nut and mushroom with a supple dryish light-to-medium body and a melon, rice flour and sea salt accented finish. A clean well made sake.
86 points $5 Best Buy
Crystal Lake NV Plum Wine
85 points
$8
Bright golden color. Aromas of cherry bubblegum, soy, melon ice, and nougat with a sweet medium body and a cherry berry candy finish. Sweet and confected flavors, pair with cheeses and nuts.
Hananomai  Sake "Katana"
85 points
$19
Clear with a nickel cast. Aromas of coconut yogurt and sourdough bread pudding with soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a pear, jicama, rice paper, and peppered nut accented finish. Different; try with mushroom tempura.
Yaegaki  "Kuro-Bin" Junmai Sake
84 points
$19
Clear with a platinum cast. Mild aromas of meringue and nougat with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and an apple sauce, melon, saline, and water chestnut finish.
Makiri  Junmai Ginjyo Sake
84 points
$20
Clear with a nickel cast. Mild aromas of papaya and cream with an oily, dryish medium body and a mellow toasted nut, rice cake and turnip finish.
Yaegaki  Sake
83 points
$5
Best Buy
Pale straw silver color. Aromas of marshmallow and papaya with a soft, dryish medium body and a nougat, chalk, rice husk, and melon rind finish,
83 points $5 Best Buy
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