－5－VC winter recommendationsVarietal: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%Alc. 14.8%Antonio Galloni from the wine website ‘Vinous’ tasted 2018 Cabernet barrel sam-ples at over 30 prestigious wineries in the Napa Valley in July 2019, and described the 2018 as “a gorgeous, highly-rened vintage, showing excellent clarity.” This Cabernet shows 2018’s appeal, with delicious beguil-ing fruit aromas on the nose, luscious, ripe fruit, beautifully balanced acidity and soft tannins in the mouth. Superb value for a valley oor Napa Cabernet!Varietal: Pinot Noir 100%Alc. 13.3%‘Wine Grower’ Eric Sussman of Radio-Coteau makes small quantities of classic-styled natural wines from organic vineyards in the cool regions of northern California. County Line Vineyards is a companion label, in which he trials new ideas, in an easy-drinking, wine-by-the-glass style. This Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir shows rened fruit aromas and avours of cherries, plums and dried cranberries, together with cool, fresh acidity.Eric Sussman’s new cool climate trialsRRP￥4,500County Line VineyardsPinot Noir 2018Origin: Sonoma Coast, CaliforniaCODE11460CODE11466A simple expression of the warmth of Pinot NoirRRP￥3,600Varietal: Pinot Noir 100%Alc. 14.6%Brooks is a leader in biodynamic agricul-ture in Oregon, creating an early-drinking Pinot Noir with delicious red fruit and refresh-ing acidity, in contrast to Trotsky’s vivid ‘red’ face on the label. Aromas of ripe red fruits including raspberry with herbal notes, with cranberry tart and cinnamon on the palate. If you drink it slightly chilled the refreshing acid is pleasant and the avours linger. Wine Spectator, 90 Points.BrooksRunaway Red Pinot Noir 2018Origin: Willamette Valley, OregonCODE11382Superb value in Napa CabernetRRP￥5,000Madison’s RanchReserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018Origin: Napa Valley, CaliforniaCODE11477An excellent mountain Napa Bordeaux blendRRP￥6,300ChappelletMountain Cuvée 2018Origin: Napa Valley, CaliforniaVarietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 44%, Merlot 33%, Malbec 10%, Petit Verdot 8%, Cabernet Franc 5% Alc. 15.2%Phillip Titus, winemaker at Chappellet for 30 years, pours his knowledge of the dier-ent vineyards growing in the lean mountain soils into creating this proprietor’s red blend. Each component varietal in the cuvée contributes nuances that comple-ment each other. The result is a complex array of aromas and avours that deliver pure pleasure. Made for more near-term enjoyment, it oers vivid, mouthlling fruit avours. Even with no ‘Cabernet’ on the label, it has the character to satisfy Cabernet lovers.NEWFor wine information, please see www.village-cellars.co.jp.