Shirataki Jozen Junmai Daiginjo Genshu "Red"
The nose on this limited released Genshu; “undiluted cask strength” brew, is a vivid collection of cherry, blueberry, mineral, cantaloupe, straw, and steamed rice aromas. Niigata is famous for the Koshitanrei brewing rice varietal, and this sake is a celebration of this flavorful and dynamic sake rice. Made with 100% Koshitanrei milled to 45%. It is rich and dry, which is a pretty cool combination. Chewy, full-bodied, plush, round and smooth it rolls across the palate with a dry savory tide. An SMV of -2 has never tasted dryer so throw that out the window. Look for all of the interesting dried fruit tones like trail mix versions of dried apple, pear, mango, fig, and raisin with hints of a savory chicken broth. There is a ton of umami in this sake that is thick and smooth with lots of legs on the glass. A solid Junmai Daiginjo that celebrates the uniqueness of Koshitanrei. WORD: Body WINE: Huge Pinot/Fat Whites BEER: Large Belgians FOODS: A food pairing monster that shines with salty/savory/fried/grilled and smoked meats and fowl.