First Vintage of Covenant “Solomon”
After an amazing year that has brought accolades from The New York Times, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and wine critics Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, Steven Tanzer, Daniel Rogov, Gamliel Kronemer and Alder Yarrow , we are releasing our newest wines!
2008 was a milestone year for us. We moved our winemaking production from Oxnard (near Los Angeles) up to Napa Valley—where we live and source most of our grapes. Being in close proximity to our winery in Napa Valley has made it possible for us to implement some important new winemaking methods, such as stirring both red and white wines on the lees, using native yeast fermentations and including more frequent pumpovers during harvest. These new techniques—combined with top-notch vineyards—have taken us to a new level, resulting in some of our best wines to date.
Newest Wine in the Portfolio: Solomon Lot 70
After much anticipation, the newest addition to the Covenant portfolio is now ready: Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon Solomon Lot 70. Back in 2008, Covenant partner Leslie Rudd agreed to give Covenant a small quantity of grapes from his renowned Napa vineyards. Leslie’s Hebrew name is Shlomo—or Solomon—and any Covenant wines sourced from Leslie’s properties will be aptly titled as such.
Solomon Lot 70, is co-fermented from grapes grown at Leslie’s vineyard in Oakville (which happens be across the road from the famous Screaming Eagle vineyard) and his fabulous Mt.Veeder vineyard, which looks over the valley from an altitude of 1,500 feet. America’s premier wine critic Robert Parker tasted Solomon out of barrels last fall and gave it a score of 92-94 points. We think it’s even better than that, especially now that it’s been bottled.
What does “Lot 70” signify?
It’s a small miracle: To make Solomon Lot 70, we use a very small stainless steel tank. When we brought this tank up to Napa Valley from Southern California in 2008, the general manager at our new wine facility told us he needed to identify the tank with a number. We said, “No problem,” and went home for the evening. The next day we showed up at work to find the number, 70, stenciled onto the tank. From a Jewish perspective, every Hebrew letter has a numerical value. The Hebrew word for wine is, “yayin,” and the Hebrew letters in yayin add up to 70. What are the odds? We figure it’s a sign of the Covenant!
Due to extremely limited availability, Solomon Lot 70 can be purchased winery-direct only. Please contact us for details at email@example.com.
Covenant and RED C Napa Valley
The same care that went into Covenant Solomon Lot 70 was applied to our two classic varietal Cabernets: Covenant and RED C. Still sourced exclusively from the exceptional Larkmead Vineyard, Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon also benefited from extremely low yields and the additional focus we were able to apply thanks to our new Napa Valley location. The wine is quite rich and lush-textured, packed with black fruit flavors and very accessible for drinking now. Robert Parker scored it 91-93 points out of barrel last fall.
Parker also gave RED C 2008 90 points. Indeed, this is surely the best RED C ever produced, and we are very excited about its prospects at your dinner table, as well as for aging in your cellar.
Our prices for Covenant have not changed since last year , even though our yields were down about 20 percent. Those of you who purchase a case of Covenant and/or RED C will receive a 10 percent discount. We are also offering complimentary shipping for all case purchases. (Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon comes in 6-bottle cases. RED C comes in a 12-bottle case.)
We’ve included Robert Parker’s full reviews, below, for your interest.
2008 Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Solomon Lot 70 92 – 94 points
In partnership with Leslie Rudd (Proprietor of Rudd Winery and Dean & 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.
2008 Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 91 – 93 points
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (450 cases produced) demonstrates Morgan’s nice touch with tannin, as they are velvety and supple rather than astringent. The wine possesses plenty of dark berry fruit, spice box, black currant, and cedary notes presented in a lush, round, generous, full-bodied format. Consume it over the next 10-15 years.
2008 RED C Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 90 points
The delicious, seductive 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Red C exhibits plenty of ripe black cherry and licorice-infused black currant fruit as well as a fleshy, medium-bodied style with no hard edges. The wine’s balance and depth suggest it should drink well for 7-8 years.
As always, if you are planning to visit the Napa Valley, be sure to give us a call to schedule a visit and tasting.
We look forward to sharing our new 2008 wines with you.
Jeff Morgan and Leslie Rudd, Covenant winemakers and co-owners