Covenant, Chardonnay Lavan, Sonoma County, California, 2019 through Merchant  of Wine.

Covenant, Chardonnay "Lavan" Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma County 2019 (Kosher)

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Overview of the Wine 
A trip to the Galilee and Golan Heights in 2011 inspired California winemaker Jeff Morgan to make wine In Israel. He named his Israeli wine project, Covenant Israel, after his California winery—Covenant. The soils in Israel reminded him of the Napa Valley, where he produces a renowned Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the Rhone Valley, the home of such classic varieties as Syrah and Viognier. Jeff teamed up with American/Israeli winemaker friend Ari Erle in 2013 to make the first vintage of Covenant Israel Syrah. Jeff met Ari in Napa Valley circa 2008, when Ari was working for such renowned Napa wineries as Colgin and O’Shaughnessy. When Ari moved back to Israel a few years later, the two Winemakers hatched the Covenant Israel plan together. Covenant Israel has been widely acclaimed in the media and among wine aficionados. It is currently the only Israeli wine found on the wine list at Napa Valley’s famous French Laundry. But Covenant’s Israeli Wines can also be enjoyed all over the world—from Israel to Europe and America and even in Japan and Taiwan. Jeff likes to say that Israel is where winemaking began. And so, it makes perfect sense for this California winemaker to have found his way back to his roots.

Kosher.

Grape / Blend
Chardonnay 

Origin
Sonoma County, California

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The high-altitude, north-facing Scopus Vineyard harnesses a blend of lush California flavor tempered with cool-climate structure hanging on firm acidity and moderate body. Stone fruit, citrus and spice come to mind on the palate, all marked by the vineyard's classic mineral core. There's a modest hint of toasty oak framing the ensemble, which ends long and fresh. 

92 Points - Wine & Spirits
Jeff Morgan works with the Scopus Vineyard for the chardonnay fruit for Lavan;Jonathan Hajdu allows it to ferment spontaneously to make this luscious wine with fresh apple and pear scents. Those bright tones gain a pastry-like richness before finishing in a minor key. Oblivious to the cultural background of this wine in a blind tasting, my thoughts immediately went to Dungeness crab. But if you’re keeping kosher, homemade gefilte fish would work just as well.

Product size: 750ml

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