To be kosher, a wine does not have to go through any intricate process or ritual. Its production must simply be overseen by Sabbath-observant Jews from the time of crushing the grapes through bottling, and every ingredient, such as fining agents, must be kosher. For example, non-kosher isinglass, derived from fish bladders, was historically important in clarifying beer and wine, and rabbinical arguments addressed the issues of whether the amount of isinglass was so small that it didn’t matter and anyway it was filtered out or that the law was the law. Nor would vegans be amused. Anyway, our definitely kosher Wine of the Day is the Psâgot Edom 2013, Jerusalem Mountain Vineyards, a blend of 63 percent merlot, 16 percent cabernet sauvignon 11 petit verdot and 10 cabernet franc, aged 14 months in French oak barrels. The color is intense dark ruby-magenta; aromas of black cherries and currants are permeated by notes of cedar and tobacco, tapenade and a touch of bell pepper, while a few moments in the glass bring in hints of lavender and violets, new leather and bittersweet chocolate. The texture is pure velvety, dusty tannins made slightly rustic by elements of briers, brambles and underbrush and energized by bright acidity; flavors of black currants and plums reveal a bit of blackberry, along with a strain of iodine-tinged graphite minerality. 14.5 percent alcohol. Winemaker was Yaacov Oryan. Drink now through 2020 to ’23. Excellent. About $35.

Imported by Royal Wine Corp., New York. A sample for review. A Mevushal variation of the wine is also available.