Full Review

Okunomatsu

Okunomatsu
Ginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish

Category: Honjozo Ginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 16%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Okunomatsu
Ginjo Sake

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish

Category: Honjozo Ginjo Sake

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 16%
Light straw green color. Aromas and flavors of spiced dried pineapple kiwi and papaya, delicate cashew butter, hint of kidd leather, and orchid and mint with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long ripe starfruit, melon, and nectarine, banana in coconut water, and sweet lettuce finish. An ethereal and tasty ginjo that drinks like a daiginjo and will appeal to Italian pinot grigio drinkers.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: spiced dried pineapple kiwi and papaya, delicate cashew butter, hint of kidd leather, and orchid and mint
Taste Flavor: ripe starfruit, melon, and nectarine, banana in coconut water, and sweet lettuce
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: White Sardines, Raw Oysters, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An ethereal and tasty ginjo that drinks like a daiginjo and will appeal to Italian pinot grigio drinkers.

The Producer

Okunomatsu Brewery

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

Their Portfolio

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