Yossie Horwitz#173 – May 11, 2011
This first vintage of Covenant was a clear indicator of the future greatness of a winery that has not yet disappointed, and is still drinking amazingly these days. Later vintages have proven to be spectacular as well, but I have a special affinity for the 2003. A full bodied wine with aromas and flavors of cherries, plums, blackberries and violets with pleasing notes of oak, some herbaceousness and a hint of vanilla. At its peak now with tannins that are seamlessly integrated with all that fruit, leading into a long luxurious and somewhat spicy finish that seems to have developed over recent years and is now locked, cocked and ready to rock with tobacco, cedar and more fruit. Recently enjoyed, this wine provided me with a near-magical drinking experience and totally justified the high price tag Jeff demands for his wines. The wine should continue to cellar nicely for at least another couple years, maybe longer. I also recently tasted this wine in Magnum format which yielded a slightly different tasting note (which I will share another time) and which should have another 4-5 years on it.