About Junmai Ginjo Sake

About Junmai Ginjo Sake
A junmai ginjo sake is a very particular type of sake. Junmai refers to a sake that is a pure rice wine, one that does not have any distilled alcohol added. Ginjo refers to the fact that at least 40% of the rice polished away during the brewing process. This process for a ginjo sake is done at lower temperatures, which takes longer, but produces a sake that is light and fragrant with greater complexity.

A junmai ginjo sake is considered a "super premium" sake, which represents less than 10% of all sake. Along with traditional foods paired with sake, such as sushi or Asian cuisine, a junmai ginko sake also marries well with roast turkey or even leg of lamb.

Top Picks for Junmai Ginjo Sake

Joto  Junmai Ginjo Sake
93 points
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi relish, strawberries in creme, and chevre with a satiny, lively, light body and a seamless, involved, medium-long finish that presents accents of chamomile, toasty crouton, and shitake finish. A vibrant and cheerful sake with the appeal of French Champagne; fruity, somewhat toasty, with mouthwatering acidity; cheers to your great taste.
93 points $22.99
Yuki No Bosha  Junmai Gingo Sake
92 points
Clear color. Aromas of strawberry leaf, rambutan, cherry, star anise, and lilac with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a refreshing, medium-long toffee, apple, ginger and shortbread finish. An elegant, silky and fruity Junmai for fine seafood and sashimi.
92 points $31.99
Shichiken  Junmai Ginjo Sake
92 points
White gold color. Aromas of mixed melon salad, woodruff, sarsaparilla, and slate with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long avocado and fresh daikon finish. A bright, off-dry sake with flavors that display a great balance of fruit and spice.
Manotsuru  "Pure Bloom" Sweet Junmai Ginjo Sake
90 points
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of birch, dried citrus, turmeric, and young banana with a round, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-length star fruit, sweet yogurt, and guava finish. An off-dry, balanced Junmai Ginjo perfect for spicy fare; round and satisfying.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Hananomai  Katana Extra Dry Junmai Ginjo Sake
88 points
Silvery straw color. Aromas of peach-mango, turkish delight, honey, hint of licorice, and dried leaves with a soft, lively, thin body and a tingling, medium-length lemon spritz, jicama, rye cracker, and slate finish. A restrained sake with nice food affinity.
Yomi  Junmai Ginjo
85 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of green apple and green mango with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy linen, kumquat, flint, and aloe finish. A mild and refreshing sake for delicate pairings.
85 points $5 Best Buy
Momokawa  Medium Dry Diamond Junmai Ginjo Sake
85 points
White gold color. Aromas of lime leaf, green apple, and dough with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, breezy apple and basil finish. A easy-drinking Junmai Ginjo for casual pairings.
Momokawa  Dry Crisp Silver Junmai Ginjo Sake
84 points
White gold color. Aromas of hibiscus and passionfruit with a silky, bright, fruity light body and an even, interesting, medium-length meyer lemon, fresh cream, and toasted ciabatta finish. A very refreshing summertime Junmai Ginjo that will be equally great in the yard or at the table.
Maboroshi  Junmai Gingo Sake
84 points
Silvery straw color. Aromas of cedar, dried figs, and coconut with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length honey-drizzled pears, almond, and guava custard finish. A precise Sake with great versatility; a match for a great variety of meals.
84 points $34.99