Iwate Meijo Oshu no Ryu Junmai Ginjo "Green Dragon"
The nose on this Junmai Ginjo that is milled to 50% is a cool collection of cucumber, honeydew, strawberry, pear, and butter cookie aromas. Say hello to a great sake that has tremendous flavors and even tremendous-er feelings. It’s round and soft right off the bat then you feel the richness and depth followed by a thick but lean feeling. How do they do that? We don’t know, but maybe it has something to do with the very unique Gingina rice varietal that creates an amazing field of flavor. Look for apple pie, honeydew melon, cooked pear, blood orange, blueberry, banana bread, and a tasty salinity with a white pepper finish. There is a lot of Shibumi, or astringency, to this brew, which highlights a young Asian pear theme that also welcomes “Kire” or quick finish. A seafood pairing specialist. WORD: Fruity WINE: Complex Reds/Fruity Whites BEER: Fruity Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, chicken, and pizza.