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January 2015 - 2014 World Saké Challenge

January 2015 - 2014 World Saké Challenge
This month's Wine feature is 2013 World Saké Challenge Wines

2014 World Saké Challenge Reviews

Kasumi Tsuru  Kimoto Extra Dry Saké
93 points
$27
Silvery straw color. Delicate, yeasty aromas and flavors of fruity pastry dough, nougat, dried fruit, and honeyed rice cake with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish that presents notes of creamy horchata, lime spritzed melon, and radish with no oak. A sensational elegant and flavorful kimoto sake.
Momokawa  Organic Junmai Ginjo Craft Saké
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of porcelain, starfruit, and white nut with a body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish evoking notes of delicate spice, cucumber, melon, and pepper. A very table friendly sake.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Winter Warrior  Junmai Ginjo Saké
91 points
$25
Clear platinum color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of Asian pear, anise, and honeydew melon with a silky, bright, fruity body and a tingling, medium-length finish that shows notes of honeyed apples and pears, rice powder, and meringue. A vibrant, fruity junmai with a lot of ethereal qualities reminiscent of a daiginjo.
SakéMoto  Premium Junmai Saké
90 points
$11
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of melon, Asian pear, and nougat with a silky, crisp, under-carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting accents of jicama and honey. A delicious, elegant, and very approachable junmai sake.
90 points $11 Best Buy
G  "G Fifty" Junmai Ginjo Genshu Saké
90 points
$25
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla toffee, bread pudding, dried apple, and blossoms with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating finish revealing notes of peppery spices, sweet potato, radish, and minerals. A rich, gutsy genshu sake that is sure to please.
Momokawa  Organic Nigori Junmai Ginjo Saké
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Opaque bone white color. Delicate aromas and flavors of apple bread pudding, honeyed nuts, and stewed fruits with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish with shades of potato skin, radish sprouts, sweet cream, and pepper. A solid nigori.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Momokawa  "Diamond" Junmai Ginjo Craft Saké
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Light silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of creamy nougat, overripe green apple, and rice candy with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish conveying notes of radish and rice wafer. A nice savory sake that will shine at the table.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Kibo  Junmai Saké
85 points
$6
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of honeyed oat granola and starfruit with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, crisp finish with suggestions of pear and delicate spice. A nice everyday sake.
85 points $6 Best Buy
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