Full Review

Okunomatsu

Okunomatsu
Ginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Honjozo Ginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Okunomatsu
Ginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Honjozo Ginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 15%
Silvery straw color. Aromas of fresh grass, nutmeg, marinated mushrooms, ripe melon, lime-spritzed mango, galangal, and fine cheese with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long herbs and spices, white pepper, and carnation finish. An extroverted and rich Honjozo Ginjo that will be a stupendous meal pairing; try with French or Italian cuisines.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: fresh grass, nutmeg, marinated mushrooms, ripe melon, lime-spritzed mango, galangal, and fine cheese
Taste Flavor: herbs and spices, white pepper, and carnation
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Sushi, Tempura, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An extroverted and rich Honjozo Ginjo that will be a stupendous meal pairing; try with French or Italian cuisines.

The Producer

Okunomatsu Brewery

The Producer
69 Chomei
Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, 964-0866
Japan
81 -243222153

Honjozo Ginjo Sake

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Serve in a Stemless Wine Glass
Honjozo Ginjo sake has at least 40% of rice polished away with a small amount of distilled alcohol added. These are clear in appearance with rich, appealing aromas and flavors including melon, Asian pear, and pineapple. Pair with the finest sushi or teriyaki.

During WWII, as a result of significant rice shortages, the government allowed saké brewers to supplement their saké with an additional amount of brewer’s alcohol. While this was initially a cost control measure, the brewer’s found that the added alcohol extracted more aromatics and flavor from the saké mash. The Honjozo style makes for a somewhat lighter style of saké. Honjozo saké is much more prevalent in Japan today, while Junmai saké is more common in U.S. markets. A point of clarification: whichever style is used the overall alcohol content of the end product will be the same, typically 14-16%. Much like wine, these are the New World and Old World styles of saké. When looking at bottles of saké at your local retail store, Junmai saké will always state that on the label. When the word Junmai doesn’t appear on the label the saké it’s generally a Honjozo.

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Honjozo Ginjo Sake