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96 • Kitanosho NV "Daigin-Nozomi" Junmai Daiginjo Sake $125/720ml.
Clear with a faint nickel cast. Aromas of cherry pastry, bubblegum dust, and honeycomb follow through on a soft, spry entry to a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body with superb purity and refined depth. Finishes with a extremely long mossy river stone, melon, and powdery anise cookie accented fade. A complex and elegantly styled daiginjo sake of the highest order. (tasted on Dec-03-2009)
95 • Muromachi Shuzo 2009 Sakura-Muromachi Junmai-Daijinjo Gold Omachi Mai No Sato Sake $50/720ml.
Clear with a platinum blue cast. Rather soft aromas display hints of anise, bamboo shoot, cashew brittle, and dusty apple skin and follow through on a soft, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with cantaloupe and cherry notes. Finishes with a long, peppery spice and nut accented fade. A flavorful, vibrant, and intricately layered sake that will triumph at the table with a variety of cuisines. (tasted on Dec-03-2009)
94 • Watanabe Sake Brewing Co. 2009 "Horai Gokui-den" Daiginjo Sake $30/720ml.
Clear. Inviting, pure aromas of Asian pear, jasmine rice, and star anise follow through on a soft entry to a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body with subtle layers of marzipan and spice. Finishes with a long, graceful melon kissed finish. A nuanced, elegant, satisfyingly flavorful sake. (tasted on Dec-03-2009)
93 • Konteki 2009 "Pearls of Simplicity" Junmai-Daiginjo Sake $39/720ml.
Clear. Aromas of banana custard and praline follow through on a supple, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with excellent smoothness and integration of flavors. Finishes with nice interplay of spice, dried apples and bananas, toffee, and earth notes. A rich, flavorful daiginjo that will shine at the table with spicy sushi. (tasted on Dec-03-2009)
92 • Miyazaki Honten 2009 "Nyukon Miyanoyuki" Junmai-Daiginjo Sake $43.50/720ml.
Clear. Aromas of spicy poached apple, melon and sweet cream follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish medium-full body with superb smoothness and balance. Finishes with a long, creamy nougat, dried ginger, and mineral accented fade. A polished, poised sake. (tasted on Dec-03-2009)
92 • Ryozeki Shuzo 2009 "Setsugekka" Junmai-Daijinjo Sake $26/720ml.
Aromas of wet rice flour, nutmeg, and custard pastry follow through on a lightly tannic, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with baked apple and crushed nut notes. Finishes with a lightly peppery, honeyed melon and radish accented fade. Nice vibrancy and food affinity. (tasted on Dec-03-2009)
91 • Watanabe Sake Brewing Co. 2009 "Horai Chougin-Shizuku" Daiginjo Sake $50/720ml.
Clear. Aromas of Asian pear skin and caramel salt water taffy follow through on a brisk, soft entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with even balanced, integrated flavors and a hint of creamy nougat and melon on the breezy finish. A carefree, effortlessly drinkable sake. (tasted on Dec-03-2009)
88 • Mizbasho NV Junmai Daiginjo Sake $24/500 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of nutskin, rice paper, dried apple and delicate baking spices follow through on a round, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with melon sorbet and praline notes. Finishes with a graceful, chalk, dried poultry and jicama accented fade. (tasted on Dec-03-2009)