Deals & Specials June 2011
Kotsuzumi Rojohanaari "Lovely Flower"
Hyogo Prefecture. Junmai Dai Ginjo SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.6 How can one describe perfection in a bottle? This stellar Dai Ginjo has a nose filled with white peach, apples, grapes and pear. If we used an "Owner's Recommendation" system this sake would carry that title. A very soft pear tonality pervades this deeply complex sake that drinks as easy as a "wet dream." A full-bodied sake wrapped in a delicate texture that drinks like poetry. Once in a lifetime sake for all fans of "rice wine." WORD: Divine WINE: Bordeaux/layered whites BEER: Ales FOODS: Think drinking experience! Regular price: $150 (720ml)
Gingashizuku "Divine Drops"
From Hokkaido Prefecture. Junmai Daiginjo. SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.2 This dynamite sake is made not by pressing with a machine rather the brewers separate the sake from the lees by placing it in canvas bags and use gravity to drip the sake out slowly. Thus expect an amazingly silky quality to this brew with a nose full of pear and minerals. Talk about a great first sip. A clean start is filled with persimmon and plum flavors wrapped in a chewy and slightly fruity package. Yet the finish is more clean than fruity and more balanced than dry. WORD: Plum WINE: Pinot Noir/chewy whites BEER: Sweet ales/Hefferweisen FOODS: Elegant flavors with a subtle saltiness or natural sweetness. Regular price: $68 (720ml)
Nishinoseki "Champion of the West"
From Oita Prefecture. Junmai. SMV: -3 Acidity: 1.5 With a nose of sweet flowers hidden amongst mushroom, nuts and cream, the first sip of this Junmai is like tasting a sip of buttery popcorn. Don't let the low SMV fool you as this guy drinks more savory than sweet. Probably one of the softest sakes in the biz, despite its deep and expansive flavors. This shimmering Junmai is great chilled and even better warmed up. WORD: Creamy WINE: Soft reds/creamy whites BEER: Ales FOODS: Chinese food, fried chicken, tempura. Regular price: $36 (720ml)
Niwa no Uguisu "Daruma"
From Fukuoka prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai. SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.4 "Daruma" has a brilliant collection of aromas from cinnamon and steamed vegetables to celery and grains. It has a soft smoky start that is chewy and filled with ripe fruit tones but without the sweetness. This is a big flavored sake that has rice, grains, and honey licks and drinks very silky and watery smooth. A clean delivery of flavor from front to back with a very veiled anisette twinge. There is a lot going on in this approachable package. WORD: Silky WINE: Vivid reds / Thick Whites BEER: Big ales / soft stouts FOODS: Grilled oily fish, sautéd veggies, meat pasta in mild cream sauce. Regular price: $28 (720ml)
From Niigata Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo. SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.5 The nose on this expressive sake is filled with plum, melon, mineral, spring onion and hint of floral tones. When was the last time you tasted a snowball? Now add some layers of bright and semi-fruity flavors and you are talking one very appealing sake from snow country. Look for koji rice, sweet honey and a touch of powdered sugar elements to jump through the palate. A larger glass tosses more fruity faces such as apple, pear, and honeydew with a gentle grin of bitter-rind like flavors. A fruit forward flavorful ginjo that drinks very buoyantly. WORD: Expressive WINE: Shiraz/Fruity whites BEER: Hefferweisen FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, shellfish, clean fare. Regular price: $38 (720ml)
Takenotsuyu Junmai "Bamboo Tears"
From Yamagata Prefecture. Junmai. SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.4 The nose on this superb Junmai is filled with cherry, plums, dried fruit and saw dust aromas. Talk about a soft sake. This brilliant brew is both clean and light and incredibly silky with layers of plump flavors. Yet flavorful is an understatement as hints of richness conceal a mild sweetness that ends in a semi-dry finish. An elegant sake that drinks way too easy, and represents another great example of a Yamagata-style sake that screams "Drink me!" WORD: Easy WINE: Pinot Noir/Chewy whites BEER: Light ales FOODS: Salty and savory fare, grilled everything, and sushi surprises. Regular price: $26 (720ml)
Wakaebisu Kinpaku "Gold Flake"
From Mie Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Kinpaku. SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.4 Welcome to the world of "celebration" sake! This brew has gold flakes throughout, but by no means is the flavor a novelty. This is an excellent sake (would they put gold in a crappy product?) with mineral, cherry, and unripe melon aromas. What an elegantly gentle and drinkable Ginjo, with hints of plums and cherries in a silky softness that has a quiet vanilla departure. Super clean and super fun this "gift" sake will not disappoint, but you need not "celebrate" to enjoy a fantastic brew. WORD: Gold WINE: Soft reds/gentle whites BEER: Creamy ales FOODS: Party cuisine. Regular price: $36 (720ml)
From Yamagata Prefecture. Plum sake. Try this bright and not-too-sweet umeshu straight or on the rocks. Regular price: $37 (720ml)
Specials: Juyondai Hiden Tamagaeshi Junmai Ginjo
If you would like to pre-order Juyondai Hiden Tamagaeshi Junmai Ginjo ($120/720ml), please call us at (415) 588-7148. We might be able to get six bottles.