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94 • Mizuho Kuromatsu Kenbishi Junmai Sake $35/720 ml.
Silver with a faint straw cast. Aromas of white chocolate almond bark, raw honey, bee pollen, sautéed mushroom and yellow plum with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, complex melon rind, apple, jicama, squash and nut accented finish. A flavorful and polished gem that will shine with teriyaki. (tasted on Jun-23-2011)
92 • Okunomatsu Tokubetsu Junmai Sake $20/720 ml. Best Buy.
Clear with a nickel cast. Aromas of whole pineapple, wintergreen and Asian pear with a soft, silky dryish medium body and a long, graceful earthy sweet potato and jicama accented finish. A vibrant, elegant sake that will be great with tempura. (tasted on Jun-23-2011)
91 • Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto Sake $20/720 ml.
Clear with a very faint straw cast. Aromas of paper mache, melon, and radish have a hint of licorice with a buoyant dryish light-to-medium body and touch of rice paper, overripe melon, and zucchini on the finish. An interesting savory, umami-driven style that will go great with tempura. (tasted on Jun-23-2011)
88 • Hiro Junmai Sake Red $29.99/720 ml.
Clear with a silvery cast. Creamy vanilla nougat and peppered pear and banana aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon, tapioca, and white pepper accented finish. Tasty and stylish. (tasted on Jun-07-2011)
87 • Hatsumago Junmai Sake $25/720 ml.
Clear with a silver cast. Aromas and flavors of spiced cantaloupe and creamy nougat with a silky dryish light-to medium body and touch of nuts and grass on the gentle finish. A delicate precise junmai. (tasted on Jun-23-2011)
86 • Yaegaki "Kuro Bin" Junmai Sake $20/720 ml.
Pale nickel color. Shy aromas of melon, anise and pepper dust with a spry, buoyant dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a savory baked sweet potato, peppercorn and mossy limestone accented finish. (tasted on Jun-07-2011)
85 • Kigen Junmai Sake $7/300 ml. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Very pale platinum straw color. Savory rice polenta and baked peach and mango aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a piquant melon, dried mushroom, river stone, and nutshell accented finish. (tasted on Jun-07-2011)