Sato No Homare (Pride of the Village) Junmai Ginjo Sake

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Brewed by Sudo Honke Co., Ltd.
Style: Saké - Ginjo
Tomobe, Nishiibaraki-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
Nihonshu-do: +3 (semi-dry). Notable Facts: This is the oldest active brewery in all of Japan (based on the oldest written records available). Mr. Sudo is the 55th generation of his family to brew saké. Everything brewed here is junmai ginjo or junmai daiginjo, and almost all of it is unpasteurized. They recently revived a strain of rice that grew about 2000 years ago, which was discovered in ancient ruins near the brewery. Tasting Notes: An elegant, super-premium saké. A pleasingly light and fruity nose, laced with violets, strawberries, pear and grape. A refined and clear flavor, yet settled and deep. Semi-dry with a superbly clean finish.

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thedm (6278) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2016
This bottled Sake from a bottle shop poured a head of no head bubbles that were fully diminished and left behind a uncarbonated transparent clear colored body and no lacing. The nice aroma was polished rice. The mildly vinous mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a burning vinous aftertaste. The ok flavor contained notes of semi-sweet polished rice and mildly vinous. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

DietPepsican (1592) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Paired with wagyu dish @ alinea. Just a touch of yellow and cloudiness in the pour. Aroma is subtle pear, a bit of funk. Actually a lot of funk, and not really in the funk sort of way, more like dirty person...really just more like when people gauge their ears. So yeah, smells a bit like people cheese, some fruits. Touch of sweetness, pretty heavy bodied but I guess that’s to be expected. Not really great, but interesting.

3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2012
bottle at ChoLon.
waxy pear and paint thinner.
bit dirty or muddy or rustic in the nose.
some amount of paint in there as well.
waxy and oily texture.
stale notebook paper flavor.
low ester flavor.
medium acid.

redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Big anise aroma with a pepper spice. Pours clear. Pours clear. Sweet anise, alcohol, with hints of tartness.

BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours very pale yellow color. Strong, multi-layered legs (one layer for each swirl!). Aroma is strongly sweet, and fruity with tons of plum and melon, pineapple and light spice. Pear, strawberries and cream, and light alcohol as too. Taste is dryer than the nose, with light notes of leather and really unripe melon. Some cotton candy. Nice and complex. Very dry finish, very light alcohol.

ldr514 (10) - USA - APR 15, 2007
The appearance is clear, nothing out the normal. The nose is a standout though - unlike any other I’ve encountered in a explosion of fruit, like tutti fruity or ambrosia. A bouquet with great strength and character. The flavor is similarly powerful - again loaded with tones of fruit - predominantly apricots, pears - no citrus hints from this one. The mouth-feel is very full and balanced. The finish is long and pleasing. This sake is costly, but worth the expense if you want to treat yourself well.

YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Clear with only the faintest touch of amber. Aroma of fresh fruit is blanketed by the strong nose of alcohol. Thin and watery. The flavor was of sweet fruit trying to make itself known through the bite of distilled alcohol.

Oakes (18199) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2004
Bright, clear and vaguely yellowy in colour. Explosive fruit aroma (liquorice, apricot, salmonberry) is delightful. Bouncy, fruity character. Watery, though, and slightly tart in the finish. Odd melange of flavours that don't come together, especially the apples and bubblegum (phenols? WTF?). Sweetish. Drinking this is like watching a great empire crumble before your eyes.

austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Sato No Homare is brewed in small batches by the oldest active brewer in Japan. The TLC given to this sake really shows through. With a nihonshu-do of +3 (about average between the extremes of -3 and +12), the dryness is moderate. The color of this wonderful nectar is a light yellow/green, like a watered down glass of Chartreuse liqueur. It's unusual trait is its massive fruity aroma (very different from the Gekkeikan Cap Ace which is far more buttery). Sato No Homare's taste is its strong suit - quite delicate, not oily but more of a watery texture and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Fruit, fruit, fruit is what you'll taste! It's incredible how the Sudo family got these sorts of flavors out of mere rice without the addition of a few strawberries or Japanese melons. This is a pricey sake, but if you like semi-dry, fruity drinks, this may be your ticket.

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