Rihaku Omachi Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu "Origin of Purity"
The nose on this seasonally released “Nama” or unpasteurized brew has a rich collection of berry, cherry, pear, apple, citrus, and steamed rice aromas. They say it’s good to be king, but it’s also good to be rich, and this fabulous Nama Genshu, “undiluted” sake, is liquid rich. Round, smooth, velvety, and full-bodied this brew feels right at home in the palate. Using the very tasty Omachi brewing rice, varietal milled to 55%, look for juicy hints of pear, fruit compote, and warm apple pie with flaky crust flavors. The brew is chewy but not gooey, and the rich fruit, rice, and umami tones come forth as the fluid warms in the glass. A very special and rich Nama that should not be missed. WORD: Rich WINE: Deep Reds/Complex Whites BEER: Creamy Belgians FOODS: Grilled and fried pub fare, meats, fowl, and game. (2021)
The nose on this seasonally released Spring Nama that is made with the Omachi rice varietal is a savvy collection of cherry, honey, cinnamon, grains, and oatmeal aromas. Say hello to a great version of this rich and complex Nama that has layers of flavors that drink almost like a Totem Pole with faces and flavors on many levels. Zesty, juicy, lively, and fresh this full-bodied mouthful of a sake is a great acidity play in the glass. Look for green apple, mango, peach, sweet nuts, Cinnabon, and hints of lime and mint flavors that drink so well because of the incredible balance of this sake. So much going on, but yet so drinkable. This brew warms well in the glass and room temperature brings forth more body and flavors. WORD: Rich WINE: Deep Reds / Earthy Whites BEER: Stouts FOODS: A food pairing wizard capable of many complex flavors found in pastas, stews, seafood soups, grilled fare. (2020)