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
$22.99
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
$31.99
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
$35
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.
Sho Chiku Bai  Premium Ginjo Sake
90 points
$8
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe watermelon, sumac, sage, sesame, peppercorns, and rose water pastry with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long finish displaying shades of kiwi-banana, hints of wet stone and flint. An excellent example of Junmai Ginjo; complex and easy to pair.
90 points $8 Best Buy
Momokawa Diamond  Medium Dry Junmai Ginjo Sake
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of hints of white peach, wildflowers, and banana with a round, bright, dryish medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long hints of hoisin-kissed eggplant and coconut water finish. A tasty Junmai Ginjo Sake that offers well-balanced flavors that weave between fruity and savory; a very good pairing for beef and richer cheeses.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Manotsuru  "Pure Bloom" Sweet Junmai Ginjo Sake
90 points
$14
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
Yomi  Junmai Ginjo Sake
89 points
$6
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of asian pear, strawberry, cedar, pink peppercorns, and fresh ginger with a supple, soft, dryish medium body and a seamless, medium-length marshmallow, ginseng, and hints of fresh coconut finish. A silky and restrained Junmai Ginjo Sake well-suited to light pairings.
89 points $6 Best Buy
Hananomai  Katana Extra Dry Junmai Ginjo Sake
88 points
$25
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.
Momokawa Organic  Medium Rich Junmai Ginjo Sake
86 points
$17
Silvery straw color. Aromas of white strawberry, rhubarb, kiwi, and banana with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a silky, medium-length white melon, ume, and macadamia finish. Gentle fruit aromas and a plush mouthfeel; this is an assuaging Junmai Ginjo that drinks effortlessly.
Momokawa  Medium Dry Diamond Junmai Ginjo Sake
85 points
$14
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.