Our sake is, in general, mellow and well-rounded. It leaves a wonderful lingering sensation, and overall has a good "umami" to it, that hard-to -describe something that satisfies, and makes you want a bit more. We make several types of sake, at least one for each occasion. The diligent effort and great skill of our toji and kurabito are evidenced by the fact that we have won many gold medals for our sake in the tax department's prestigious New Sake Tasting Competition. Over the past two decades, we have won golds in 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2004. View all Rihaku Wines
Rihaku Dreamy Clouds Sake (Unfiltered) (720ML)
Junmai-Ginjo from Shimane, Japan
Aromas of rice and ripe red plums. Bright, mouthwatering acidity leads into a soft and chewy texture from the unfiltered rice particles. The ricey flavor is joined by gently nutty and slightly fruity flavors in the long finish.
Nigori sake is made so that some of the rice lees remain in the bottle after pressing (unfiltered). Most Nigori is sweet and creamy, and thick with the unfermented rice solids. Rihaku Nigori is a bit less chunky, but more fruity and complex than most Nigori sake.
Rihaku Shuzo was founded in 1882 in Matsue City in Shimane, although it was not until 1928 that we adopted the name Rihaku. Rihaku was a famous poet in China, and is also known in English as Li Po. Rihaku lived from 701 to 762, and was known for his fondness for the bottle. He was a kind, open-minded, wandering poet that was famous for drinking a lot before writing. He was known to have said, "I drink a bottle, and can write 100 poems." We make use of Rihaku's poems and phrases in our brochures and on our labels, and quote him often. Several of our sakes are named with phrases from the great poet's words.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.