Covenant Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

April, 2012
Score: 92

A dense, rich, powerful style, this packs in lots of dark berry, mocha, cedar, tobacco and fresh earth flavors, ending with a dash of roasted herb and chunky, chewy tannins. Kosher. Best from 2014 through 2024. 100 cases made. –JL

WA # 186 (Dec 2009)
Rating: 92-94
Suggested Retail Price: $150

In partnership with Leslie Rudd (Proprietor of Rudd Winery and Dean and DeLuca gourmet shops), Morgan has produced a luxury-priced kosher cuvee, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Solomon. This stunning offering comes from Rudd’s vineyards on Mt. Veeder and the Oakville Corridor. Creme de cassis, violet, blackberry, and smoky oak aromas are followed by a silky-textured, rich, concentrated wine displaying a terrific texture and finish. This beauty should evolve for 15 or more years.

Author and Wine Critic

Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Solomon Lot 70 2008: Full bodied, intense and concentrated, a dark garnet complex blockbuster of a wine with still gripping tannins and generous wood but those in fine balance with fruits and spices. Still developing in barrels but opening to reveal well focused aromas and flavors of currant and blackberry fruits, those complemented nicely by notes of earthy minerals. Needs time for its elements to come together but as those do, this is going to be an "oh wow" wine indeed. Best 2011-2018, perhaps longer. Tentative Score 92-94.. K

Yossie Horwitz
#173 – May 11, 2011

Leslie Rudd finally granted Jeff his wish and allowed a Covenant wine to be made from his coveted and acclaimed Napa Valley grapes with darn good results. While produced in basically the same manner as the Covenant, the Solomon presents more fruit forward, Napa Valley-like, with really plush fruit (without being overly ripe), including plums, currants, blackberries, raspberries, black cherry, rich back earth and well integrated tannins. As with all Covenant wines, a deep and complex wine with layer after layer of fruit, wood and chocolate. One of the more expensive kosher wines at about $150, but a great comparison with the regular 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon that allows you to experience the difference the actual fruit can make in a wine. A wine blessed with longevity, I look forward to tasting this wine again over the coming years and will, g-d willing¸ serve it at Ilana’s Bat-Mitzvah in 10 years.