Covenant Chardonnay Lavan 2008
Offers pithy citrus peel, pear, honeysuckle, floral and melon flavors that are elegant, full-bodied, focused and pure, gaining depth and complexity on the finish.
Drink now through 2014. 300 cases made. –JL
Pale gold in color, with a hint of green, this wine smells of candied lemon peel, cold cream, and buttered sourdough toast. In the mouth the wine has a fantastic, silky texture and a beautiful, clean seamlessness to it. Nice minerality melds with flavors of lemon zest, wet stones, pink grapefruit and melted butter. Moderate finish, with no trace of oak on it. Very, very nice. Somewhere between 9 and 9.5.
REVIEW BY S. IRENE VIRBILA Restaurant and Wine Critic March 11, 2010 Covenant Chardonnay Lavan—Wine of the Week
“Back in 2003, Jeff Morgan and Leslie Rudd made a kosher Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon called Covenant that could stand right up there with the big boys. Now the partners have just come out with their first Chardonnay, named Lavan, which means "white" in Hebrew. Who knew you could make a kosher Chardonnay that tastes like a white Burgundy? The grapes come from the Bacigalupi Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Note for your next wine trivia game: Grapes from that vineyard were part of the blend in the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, which famously won the Paris tasting in 1976 that pitted French wines against upstart California ones.
More important, the 2008 Covenant Chardonnay has a classic Burgundian profile. It's toasty and creamy, with a thrilling acidity, notes of butterscotch and citrus and a long, long finish. This might be the best kosher Chardonnay ever made. It also costs way less than a Burgundy of similar quality.”
REVIEW BY DANIEL ROGOV Author and Wine Critic Israel Kosher for Passover Covenant, Chardonnay, “Lavan”, Russian River, Sonoma, 2008: Deep gold, a big wine just starting on its way but already showing a distinctive personality. Opens with pears, figs and anise, goes on to peaches and honeysuckle and finally, on the long finish note of licorice. Long and complex, far from your standard Chardonnay and well worth trying. Best 2010-2015. Score 89-91. (tasted from barrel)
Good full medium yellow. Peach on the nose, lifted by musky brown spices and clove oil. A sweet, spicy midweight with a firm edge of acidity contributing lift to the orange peel and nutmeg flavors. Finishes spicy and persistent. Score 89