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New Store Arrivals February 2013

Koshi no Homare "Shiboritate" 2013

From Niigata Prefecture. Junmai Nama Genshu. SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.6

True Sake The fantastic nose on this "Nama" or unpasteurized sake is a collection of green apple, candy, koji rice and yeasty elements. Sometimes nama sake has a greenish color to it because it is so fresh, and Koshinohomare drinks that way - Green! Smooth, round and dry this brew drinks crisp too! Smooth and crisp - really? You bet and look for green apple, sweet rice, and young fruit flavors with a gentle lively acidity play. The alc content is 18% and this almost acts like a drying agent as the crisp and flavorful fluid dries through the palate. This is not a fruity sweet nama, but rather it is a super drinkable smooth velvet hammer that is good food for thought. WORD: Green WINE: Tight reds/crisp whites BEER: Crisp ales FOODS: From clean and light to full-bodied flavors this is very food friendly. $30 (720ml)


Kamikokoro Toukagen Shiboritate 2013

From Okayama Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu. SMV: -7 Acidity: 1.5

True Sake This fan favorite nama was made with a peach yeast and has a controlled nose filled with peach, honey, and sweet rice elements. A lively and chunky raw sake that has lots of attitudes on multiple levels, from zesty and spritzy almost effervescent to round and plush. Look for layers of powder sugar, peach compote, and breakfast fruitbar flavors that drink far more rich and yeasty than sweet. A large glass makes the brew drink thinner, small glass zesty, and a mid-sized glass brings out the best balance. This year's Toukagen drinks less fat and fruity than last year's but is interestingly rich light. WORD: Zesty WINE: Complex reds/Acidic whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: The kitchen sink! (International Spicy Cuisine). $35 (720ml)


Harushika "Shiboribana" 2013

From Nara Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Nama. SMV: +2 Acidity:1.4

True Sake This spring deer has a very gentle nose of blueberry, melon, and floral tones. A very classy nama Ginjo that drinks very "Ginjo-ee" on roids! It is far brighter than last year's version with a splendid fruity pop! Bright, layered, smooth and with a long flavor tail. Look for hints of melon, young pear, and koji rice on a fluid that does not drink goopy fat, but rather clean and festive. This is seasonally released sake at it's classy best with good fruit tones and an elegant over-all drinkability. WORD: Bright WINE: Zesty Reds/Tangy Whites BEER: Fruity ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, clean cuisine and lightly flavored dishes. $35 (720ml)



From Hyogo. Junmai Ginjo. SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.4

True Sake This smooth and user friendly Ginjo has a rolling nose filled with strawberries, and melon, and a hint of banana. Silky, juicy, fleshy, and super smooth Fukuju is a walk on the fruit side. How can rice and water taste like fruit? That is the amazing thing about this amazing sake that feels so great in the mouth - like a buoy on the bay! And best of all this juicy and fruity sake does not drink cloyingly sweet, rather it drinks velvety and extremely soft. A slick sake that walks the walk. WORD: Slick WINE: Soft reds/juicy whites BEER: Fruity Ales FOODS: Clean flavors, sushi, sashimi, elegant cuisines. $36 (720ml)


Fukuju "Mikagego"

From Hyogo. Junmai. SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.4

True Sake The nose on this Junmai (Yamada milled to 70%) has a ricey, honey, steamed rice and dark chocolate aroma. Behold a smooth and slippery sake that is ricey! Yeah! Not too many sakes drink ricey these days - go figure! Clean, soft, dry and silky there are subtle hints of dark chocolate amongst a watery flow. It gets more frisky at room temp and does well warming. A little tingle of alcohol speaks to those who like clear boozes. So nice to drink a sake that truly is "rice wine." WORD: Ricey WINE: Zesty reds/Dry whites BEER: Crisp ales FOODS: Prototypical pub fare. $21 (720ml)


Nihon Sakari "Gokun"

From Hyogo Prefecture. Honjozo. SMV: -3 Acidity: 1.4

True Sake Gokun has a great nose filled with caramel, nougat, and rice pudding aromas. This is a very full and soft honjozo that has all the sweet rich flavor components that you can find in a sake. Look over there for creme brulle over there for toasted marshmallow over there Three Musketeers nougat all on a fluid that is chunky and beefy but so smooth. A classic rich sweetness that does well at three temperatures. Super velvety. Super smooth. Super flavorful. WORD: Velvety WINE: Pinot noir/Fat whites BEER: Creamy FOODS: Salty and savory fare, grilled everything, softly textured food. $19 (720ml)


Takenotsuyu Yuzuki "Snow Moon"

From Yamagata Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Koshu (10 Years). SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.5

The brewer named this incredible achievement in aged sake after his first daughter and he calls it a "Dai Koshu" because it has been aging at 42F degrees for over the past ten years. Such a delicate aroma profile with hints of honey, orange blossom, caramel, and leather. Talk about an intelligent sake! Round, soft and incredibly elegant - this is not your dad's koshu! Gentle flavors such as caramel corn and clover honey dance with butter-toffee on a rich fluid that drinks overwhelming light for such an old sake. Room temperature pulls out deeper richness and more hints of butter, warming pulls hot-buttered nuts flavors, and chilled reminds one of a Heath Bar. WORD: Buttery WINE: Complex Reds/Rich Whites BEER: Light Belgians FOODS: Steak, game, smoked fish, risotto, cheese courses, and cigars! $95 (720ml)


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