“What if you could have a kosher wine that holds its own when tasted against some of Napa Valley's top Cabernets? This is no pipe dream. It's the first vintage of Covenant, a handcrafted kosher wine from Jeff Morgan of SoloRosa Winery and Leslie Rudd of Rudd Winery, both in Napa Valley. The grapes come from a single vineyard, a parcel of the historic Larkmead vineyard in Napa Valley, and the wine is aged in French oak.

By any measure, the 2003 Covenant is a compelling Cabernet. Velvety and intense, and tasting of black currants and tobacco, it has the kind of complexity that holds interest glass after glass.

There's no reason a kosher wine can't be as great as any other wine. But these were the guys to articulate that idea and actually make a wine for the kosher table that stands up to the big boys. This is a seriously good Cabernet, to drink now and over the next decade.”