Seitoku Junmai Ginjo Genshu "Trapeza"
The nose on this undiluted “genshu” sake is a great collection of cocoa, pear, seawater, cedar, honey, grape, blueberry, banana bread, anise, and herbal aromas. Using two different brewing yeasts (1801 & 901), Gohyakumangoku rice milled to 50%, and with an ABV of 17%, this superstar sake is smooth, round, silky, and rich. But is it? Is it rich? It tastes rich and full-bodied but drinks light for so much action, and that is a really cool brewing technique. A rich sake that drinks rich light. Look for apple pie, pear compote, sweet daikon, rock candy, whipping cream, maple candy, lychee, nougat, and oatmeal flavors with a dry finish. Talk about a fun sake that has lots of umami as it warms in the glass and a playfulness that keeps you guessing. A great brew that excels in harmony and balance. WORD: Rich Light WINE: Smooth Reds/Creamy Whites BEER: Creamy Ales FOODS: Salty and savory fare, clams, fried small fish, egg custard.