Yokawa Yoneda is another bottling from the masters of Tatsuriki Brewery in Hyogo Prefecture in southern Japan above Osaka and west of Kyoto, founded in 1921. As we mentioned in our previous offer of the Akitsu a few weeks back, Tatsuriki one of the few breweries that take the soil where the rice is grown very seriously. Extensive research has been done to pinpoint some of the best Terroirs in the region. One of the leaders of this was Takeyoshi Honda, who conducted soil research at the Graduate School of Agriculture in Kyoto, Japan, for 20 years until his passing in his late 80s. His findings on how different soils affect Yamada Nishiki were revolutionary, discovering that magnesium content is linked to Sake's sharpness and bitterness.
While the Akitsu comes from Tojo, this Sake comes from the area of Yokawa from the village of Yoneda, hence the name Yokawa Yoneda. The soils of Yokawa are rich in potassium and magnesium with a layer of blue clay on top. The rice roots go deep underground and produce a rich sake with high acidity that is expressively fragrant. This Sake is made with Yamada Nishiki rice that is organically grown and dried using the traditional method, which is polished down to 35%. This Sake is aged for 8 to 10 years at the brewery and is remarkably complex with fruit-forward aromas that move into subtle expressions of minerals, wild grasses, and nutty notes. The palate has an incredible acidity that cuts through the richness like a laser, bringing energy and balance and retaining freshness. We are always trying to find Sake's that can be paired with western food, and this is one that can hold up to more decadent French dishes, as well as go with cuts of tuna. Tatsuriki is quickly becoming one of our favorite Breweries, and we plan on featuring more of their single-site Sakes in the future. Their pursuit of the highest quality rice and terroir makes a substantial difference and is like going from a village wine to a Grand Cru is highly recommended for the Sake lover looking to explore the next level.