VINOGRAPHY: a wine blog Alder Yarrow April 9, 2009Filed under: Boutique Wines, Red Wine, Wine Reviews
2006 Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Medium ruby in color, this wine has a bright nose of black cherry, tobacco, and cola aromas. In the mouth it is smooth, round, and very silky, with primary flavors of black cherry, graphite, tobacco, and cassis. Smooth tannins persist through a nice long finish. Score: around 9.
Author and Wine Critic Israel February 2009 Covenant, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2006:I'm not quite certain as to what Jeff Morgan is up to but whatever it is, he's doing it very well indeed. Every bit as excellent as earlier releases, but perhaps destined to be the longest-lived of the Covenant wines released to date. Dark garnet towards royal purple, full-bodied, with silky smooth, near-sweet tannins that caress gently and showing fine balance between those, a bare hint of smoky wood and fruits. On the nose and palate ripe currants and plums, those matched nicely by notes of basil, and then followed with notes of chocolate. Approachable now but best 2010-2018. Score 94.
Gamliel KronemerJanuary 7, 2009
Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2006: This big, bright garnet-colored, full-bodied wine was produced by Jeff Morgan, a former Wine Spectator Magazine journalist, and Leslie Rudd, owner of Rudd Vineyards. The wine has a rich bouquet of cassis, crème de cassis, black cherries, and blackberries, with hints of vanilla, and eucalyptus. Although drinking well now, the wine will only start to be at its best late next year, and should age well until at least 2012. Score A.
A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from , Napa, North Coast, California, USA REVIEW BY ROBERT PARKER WA # , #174 (Dec 2007) Rating: 90-92 Drink 2007 - 2017 Suggested Retail Price: $90 “The 2006 Covenant, another full-bodied, full-throttle, kosher Cabernet Sauvignon is deep ruby/purple, pure, rich, broad, and savory, with a bit more up-front charm and possibly slightly less structure than the 2005. But again, it is a classic from Napa and should age easily for a decade or more. Jeff Morgan continues to make one of the finest kosher wines on Planet Earth. (For release, April 2008). Tel. (707) 963-3887; Fax (707) 963-8394”
Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine, Napa Valley, California, USA REVIEW BY ROBERT PARKER WA # , #174 (Dec 2007) Rating: 91 Drink 2007 - 2022 Suggested Retail Price: $90 “Jeff Morgan continues to make one of the finest kosher wines on Planet Earth. There are 500 cases of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, the source of which is the superb Larkmead Vineyard on the valley floor in Napa. Aged in a combination of French cooperage, with 50% of it Taransaud, this is a top-flight Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color and a classic nose of smoke, espresso, black currant, cedar, and spice. Medium to full-bodied with silky, beautifully sweet tannins in the finish, it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and should evolve for at least 10-15 years. Tel. (707) 963-3887; Fax (707) 963-8394”
International Herald Tribune, Israel, May 2007 “Covenant, Cabernet Sauvigon, Napa Valley, 2005. Score 93: The third release of Jeff Morgan's flagship wine and the best to date. Dark garnet with orange and green reflections, full-bodied, with soft, caressing tannins and showing fine balance and structure that bode well for the future. On the nose and palate opens with ripe plums and a hint of licorice, those yielding nicely to blackcurrants, Oriental spices and, on the long finish a hint of cigar tobacco. Approachable now but best from 2009 and then cellaring comfortably until 2017, perhaps longer.”
The NW Wine Insider Kosher Wines The absolute best Kosher wine to drink at Passover, and several more that ain't too shabby... The Top Drop: “Covenant 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon; $80. This oak-aged, Napa Valley cab is produced by Solo RosaÕs Jeff Morgan and his partner, and it may well be the best Kosher wine you have ever experienced. Grapes are sourced from the Larkmead vineyard. Plush, soft and approachable, Covenant is packed with ripe black fruits and streaked with even darker flavors of black licorice and caraway cracker. A substantial wine, yet open and loose, it gathers itself into a satisfying, lingering finish. No acidification or watering back was done in the winemaking. (Cascade Trade is the Seattle distributor) 91” http://paulgregutt.com
Covenant 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 90-92 points “The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (550 cases) possesses beautiful purity along with abundant amounts of black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, tobacco leaf, and spice box notes. It is a restrained, elegant version of the extroverted 2004. The 2005 should drink well for 12-15 years.”