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Reviews for 2021

August 2021 - Sake

August 2021 - Sake
This month's Wine feature is Sake Wines

Sake Reviews

Naginata  Junmai Daiginjo Sake
93 points
$60
Emerald straw color. Complex aromas of slate, fresh croissants, hints of brie with honey, cantaloupe, and rice milk with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long apples in cream, hints of table grapes, sea salt, and ginger finish. A rich, round and robust Junmai Daiginjo that will shine at the table.
Awards: 2021 Best Sake
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
Shichiken  Onakaya Tobin Kakoi Junmai Daiginjo Sake
90 points
$400
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of mixed peppercorns, water crackers, kiwis in yogurt, and honey with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long finish revealing accents of sweet apple, nut brittle, and tangerine. A crisp, complex Junmai Daiginjo with enticing fruity aromas.
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
Momokawa Pearl  Creamy Nigori Sake
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Opaque creamy color. Aromas of condensed milk, pineapple-banana flan, and fried plantain with a creamy, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long coconut pudding, hints of ginger, nutmeg, and shitake finish. A decadent, almost-off-dry Nigori Sake that will be a treat with spicy foods.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Soto  Junmai Daiginjo Sake
89 points
$39
White gold color. Aromas of sesame crackers, hints of parmesan, and citronella with a round, bright, dryish light body and a seamless, medium-length mixed melons, hints of banana, and vanilla finish. A round a fruity Daiginjo with a balancing yeasty note.
SakéMoto  Junmai Sake
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of pickled ginger, nutmeg, spicy radish, asian pear, and roasted peach with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish revealing impressions of hints of pineapple and strawberry. Enjoy dreamy aromatics with distinctive notes of baking spices.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Sho Chiku Bai  Sho Ginjo Nigori Sake
88 points
$18
Creamy opaque straw color. Aromas of ripe banana, sweet corn bread, and nutty basmati rice with a creamy, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, amusing, medium-length saffron custard, spiced sweet tea with cream, and nut skins finish. A velvety Nigori with sweet grain notes; a good accompaniment to spicy fare.
G Joy  Junmai Ginjo Genshu Sake
88 points
$20
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe apple, strawberry danish, pineapple, japanese sweet potato, and lemongrass with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, crisp hints of lime, stone, and peppercorns finish. A solid Genshu Sake.
Sho Chiku Bai  Mio Sparkling Sake
88 points
$22
Creamy emerald straw color. Aromas of jicama and baked apple with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-long coconut-lime sorbet, candied lemon peel and ginger, peach cobbler, and rye crisps finish. A pleasing, sweet and apple-y sparkling sake that will be lovely with the dessert course; hard seltzer drinkers need apply!
Sho Chiku Bai  Organic Nama Sake
87 points
$9
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of butterscotch, coconut cream, golden apple, and raisin with a velvety, crisp, light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-long green apple and shortbread finish. A juicy, easy-drinking Sake that offers a good introduction to the category.
87 points $9 Best Buy
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.
Soto  Premium Junmai Sake
86 points
$19
Silvery emerald straw color. Nutty aromas and flavors of marzipan, creamy melons, black peppercorn, and fluffy white sweet potato with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, breezy finish. An easy Sake quaffer for Sushi bar pairings; serve hot or cold.
G Fifty  Junmal Ginjo Genshu Sake
86 points
$25
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of banana taffy and green pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length banana cake, dried peach and apples in vinaigrette finish. Bold fruity aromatics stand out in this domestic Genshu Sake.
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