August 2010

New Store Arrivals - Summer Namas are here!

Posted by Beau Timken in 2010, August, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter
Summer Nama sakes Yes, more namazake (unpasteurized sake) to accompany your summer days.

Umenishiki "Gorgeous Plum"
From Ehime Prefecture. Nama Junmai Daiginjo. SMV: +4.5 Acidity: 1.3

This extremely elegant Nama Daiginjo (not many of those around) has a lively nose with hints of apple, grape, white peach, and mineral water tones. How about a gentle blend of rice and fruit tones in a fluid that is clean, light and dry? Slightly richer in character than years' past, but still very smooth in body and flavor, and of course it has a quick clean finish. Remember this
brew is polished to 50%, which makes it unusual and "sensual" for a nama.
WORD: Dry WINE: Dry reds and whites BEER: Light ales FOODS: Clean cuisine.

Ohyama "Big Mountain"
From Yamagata Prefecture. Nama Tokubetsu Junmai. SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.5

The nose on this sake that has not been pasteurized is a collection of raw and bright apple, rice, and creamy elements. A great example of a sake that has wonderful fruit tones on so many levels, but generally drinks semi-dry. How do they do that? Who cares, because it drinks fat and full with a plump mineral component that works with the fruit. More juicy than years' past and the touch of cream/vanilla hints makes for great exploration.
WORD: Plump WINE: Fruity Pinot/ Chardonnay BEER: Belgian FOODS: Will compliment salty savory fare and will pull sweetness out of ocean fare.

Tsukinokatsura "Kohaku-Ko"
From Kyoto Prefecture. Nama Junmai Ginjo. SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.7

This raw sake will speak to those in the wine world who like expressive flavors nudged on by a good acidity play. The aroma profile is a superb collection of koji rice, ripe fruits, blueberry and rice paddle elements. If velvet were to have a flavor to match its plush, fat, and beguiling nature, Kohaku-ko would be that taste. Fleshy and smooth - gooey and brash - look for rich semi-sweet flavors such as powdered sugar and blueberries. A larger glass balances out all of the dynamics.
WORD: Velvet WINE: Beaujolais BEER: Big Belgians FOODS: Hit this brew with anything from the grill or oven. (American sushi works too!)

Yonetsuru "Rice Crane"
From Yamagata Prefecture. Nama Junmai. SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.3

Every collection must have a smooth operator and this nama-zake is that brew. With a bright floral nose this Junmai has one of those escalator sipping profiles where it changes textures and flavors as it passes through your palate. The first sip is gooey with honey elements that change into a little more controlled ricey flavor followed by a zesty mineral finish. Round and chewy this brew shows some ripe fruit tones A mouth concert that is based on the key of smoothness.
WORD: Smooth WINE: Beaujolais BEER: Seasonal Releases FOODS: sushi, sashimi, grilled fare, summer salads, and gentle spicy fare.

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