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July 2015 - World Sake Challenge

July 2015 - World Sake Challenge
This month's Wine feature is World Sake Challenge Wines

World Sake Challenge Reviews

Okunomatsu  Daiginjo Shizukuzake
94 points
$100
Clear color. Delicate, inviting, spicy aromas of Asian pear, watermelon, and anise cookie with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long sweet cream and delicate peppery spice finish. A silky, sensual sake.
Hananomai  Junmai Ginjo
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, interesting aromas of yams, cheese cake, dates, and yellow pepper with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-length potato, jicama, and honeyed mushroom finish. A complex and engaging sake that will shine at the table.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Soto  Junmai Daiginjo
93 points
$39.99
Silvery straw color. Bright aromas of apple tart, rice candy, and melon with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long kiwi custard, nougat, radish, and sweet potato skin finish. A delicious and multifaceted sake.
93 points $39.99
Yaegaki  "MU" Junmai Daiginjo
92 points
$30
Brilliant silvery straw color. Bright, funky, spicy aromas of Asian pear, spicy apple custard, yams, and anise with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-length sweet cream, spiced pear, and starfruit finish. A rock solid, fruity sake that will cover a lot of bases.
Hatsumago  "Shozui" Junmai Diaginjo
92 points
$50
Silvery straw color. Aromas of dried pear, spiced rhubarb, and creamy nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length sweet potato skin, sweet cream, and minerals finish. A well made, nicely layered sake.
Kurosawa  Daiginjo
92 points
$60
Brilliant pale silvery emerald straw color. Bright, interesting aromas of spiced apple and pear, sweet potato, and pineapple yogurt with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length carrot, honey cream, and radish finish. A crisp and refreshing sake that is sure to please.
Kurosawa  Junmai Kimoto
91 points
$20
Clear silvery straw color. Muted, spicy aromas of banana spice cookie, coconut custard, and green pineapple husk with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-long salted apple, coconut water, and umami finish. A lively and attractive sake that will cover a lot of bases.
Okunomatsu  Tokubestu Junmai
91 points
$25
Clear light silver color. Mild, fruity aromas of ripe Asian pear and anise cream with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, cheery orchata, salted melon, and earth finish. A wonderfully fruity and vibrant sake that is sure to please.
Manotsuru  Crane Junmai
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Muted, buttery, meaty aromas of sweet cheese rind and radish sprouts with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length raw sweet potato, coconut water, and fleur de sel finish. A vivacious and nicely balanced sake.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Manotsuru  Bulzai Gingo
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Mild, fruity, grainy aromas of overripe pineapple, rice noodles, and spice with a lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, melon, horchata, apple, and wintergreen finish. A racy, exotically flavorful ginjo.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Okunomatsu  Ginjo
90 points
$26
Silver color. Delicate aromas of pineapple, rice cake, and banana with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length sweet cream, radish sprouts, and jicama finish. A flavorful ginjo with good impact and warmth.
Hananomai  Junmai Daiginjo
90 points
$50
Bright white gold color. Creamy aromas of tapioca, warm milk, nougat, and apple pie crust with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length parsnip, melon rind, and potato water finish. A subtle and savory sake.
Ninki Ichi  Sparkling Sake "Natural" Junmai Ginjo
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Hazy silvery straw color. Bright, curious, yeasty aromas of apple and honey Greek yogurt, spicy nougat, and pineapple granola with a supple, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy pineapple custard, apple cider, and golden raisin finish. A tangy, zesty, fruity sparkling sake.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Hananomai  "Katana" Junmai Ginjo
89 points
$20
Silver color. Mild, fruity aromas of rice pudding, melon, and baked pear with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, carefree starfruit, papaya, and radish finish. A very tasty and well balanced ginjo.
Yaegaki  Kurobin Junmai
87 points
$20
Clear light silver color. Mild, creamy aromas of nougat, toasted coconut, and latte with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, easy papaya cream, radish, spiced pineapple, and potato skin finish. A big, warming and artfully balanced sake that makes a nice impact.
Shichiken  Junmai Ginjo
87 points
$30
Silvery straw color. Delicate aromas of Asian pear, nougat, and spice with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length starfruit, creamy tapioca, pepper, and melon rind finish. A warming, tingling sake.
Manotsuru  Crane Karakuchi
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Light silver color. Muted, creamy aromas of rice pudding and green pineapple with a soft, lively, dry light body and a tingling, interesting, breezy jicama, radish, pepper, and salted mushroom finish. A nice, sweet and savory sake.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Manotsuru  Demon Slayer
85 points
$13.99
Clear silver color. Bright, creamy, earthy aromas of tapioca, bamboo shoot, pepper dust, and coconut vinegar with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, brisk white chocolate, mushroom consommé, and starfruit finish. A smooth, earthy sake for the table.
85 points $13.99
Hatsumago  Kimoto Junmai Sake
85 points
$20
Clear silver color. Bright, curious, fruity funky aromas of roasted pineapple husk, coconut yogurt, and caulk with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, cheery dusty root vegetable, cream, mushroom, and rice paper finish. A solid savory sake for the table; serve warm.
Kurosawa  Nigori Sake
82 points
$18
Cloudy opaque ivory color. Faint aromas of rice paper, boiled rice, and figs and nuts with a silky, soft, off-dry medium body and a carefree apple pie a la mode, balsa, pepper, and potato water finish. A sturdy nigori best with food.
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