The first two days of Rosh Hashanah are important religious days, but they aren’t very what I consider a “fun” way to celebrate the New Year. Hubby lucked out that I had to be at synagogue by 9am because it meant that I dropped him off at work instead of his having to take the metro. Morning services were four hours long, after which I came home for a couple of hours before heading back to synagogue at 5:30. The evening services were much shorter, and many of us ended up at the Rabbi’s house afterwards to mingle and celebrate. Admittedly, I didn’t stay more than an hour because, while I enjoyed the services, I was ready to be home, eat dinner with Hubby, open the bottle of Cab that I was dying to try, and just relax before doing it all again on Friday.
The 2006 Red C Cabernet Sauvignon (winery) was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with a nice, deep purplish-ruby color. On the nose, there were blackberries, black cherries, pomegranates, and cedar. In the mouth, there were blackberries, pomegranates, cedar, and a hint of mint. The wine had low acidity, medium tannins, and a medium body.
This wine is actually the second label for Covenant wines. While I haven’t reviewed Covenant’s Cabernet, I thoroughly enjoyed their Chardonnay during Passover this year, which is why I bought the Red C to begin with. Convent’s website explains that the Red C Cabernet includes wine barrels that didn’t make it into their $90 premier label bottling, and I will say that if the Red C Cabernet wine is made from juice that isn’t “premier” quality than I’m even more excited to try the 2007 Covenant Cabernet that is sitting in my wine rack because this second label is definitely not a second place wine.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $35, this wine may be a little more expensive than what most folks want to pay for an every day wine, but if you’re willing to spend a little extra, this is a wine that’s worth thinking about regardless of whether you’re looking for something kosher. It’s just that good. It’s smooth. It’s luxurious. It’s food-friendly. It’s everything you want from a California Cab.
I paired the wine with a soy sauce and garlic-marinated filet and steamed broccoli that Hubby made for dinner, which was a nice combination. After dinner, I continued to enjoy the wine on its own, paring it with some knitting and an episode of Castle. What was particularly nice about this Cab is that, while it wasn’t quiet as good two days later when I finally came back to it, the wine definitely held up well in the bottle and was still very drinkable and enjoyable.
Question of the Day: Have you ever had a kosher wine? What did you think of it?
Purchased at Lot18
Overall: 4 Corks